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GARMIN GPS 72H Floating Hi-Sensitivity Handheld GPS

Model # 10972230Mfg # 010-00840-01

$149.99

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Product Description

The GPS 72H is the next generation of a long line of proven handheld navigators from Garmin. Based on the popular GPS 72, the 72H incorporates many new features making it the premier entry level handheld for marine use.

This rugged, waterproof handheld navigator features a high-sensitivity receiver, WAAS/EGNOS capability and a USB interface. The GPS 72H is incredibly simple to use, and it even floats if dropped in the water. Garmin has increased the battery life (to 18 hours) using 2 AA batteries. USB interface and NMEA 0183 ports for connectivity with your VHF radio or autopilot.

  • Display Type: 4-level gray LCD
  • Screen Size: 1.6"W x 2.2"H
  • Screen Resolution: 120 x 160 pixels
  • Cartography: Includes US celestial navigation and fishing/hunting calculator. Non-cartographic
  • Receiver Type: WAAS-enabled hi-sensitivity 
  • Battery Type: Two AA batteries (sold separately)
  • Battery Life: 18 hours
  • Dimensions: 2 3/4"W x 6 1/4"H x 1 1/4"D
  • Weight: 7.7oz.
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7 submersible; Floats
  • NMEA Interface: NMEA 0183, USB
  • Included Equipment: Wrist strap, quick start manual and owner’s manual on disk
  • Warranty: One year

Specs

GPS 72H Floating Hi-Sensitivity Handheld GPS

Dimensions 2 3/4" Width x 6 1/4" Height x 1 1/4" Depth
Display Type 4-level Gray LCD
Warranty Details One Year
Resolution 120 x 160
Weight 7.7 Ounces

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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GarminGPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS
 
3.9

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Easy to read (8)
  • Great reception (8)
  • Quick signal (4)
  • Intuitive menu (3)

Cons

  • Poor viewing in sunlight (3)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (6)
  • Large boats (5)
  • Lakes (4)
  • Ocean (4)
  • At night (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (7), Casual user (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FIRST TIME USING GPS

First time purchase of a GPS Device to use on a 23' Sailboat for navigation on the Great Salt Lake. I was satisfied with the different options to create way-points and plan routes,...Read complete review

First time purchase of a GPS Device to use on a 23' Sailboat for navigation on the Great Salt Lake. I was satisfied with the different options to create way-points and plan routes, as well as view tracks for each sailing venture. I'm sure it will take some time to learn how to setup my preferences and access the different menus efficiently. To reset the trip-computer for each venture, requires at least 10 menu actions. Why why ten, why not one or two? The battery life is advertised at 18 hrs., whereas I have found 50% battery life left after tracking for only 6 hrs., during the day, w/o need to use the back-light. I do like the ability to enter all my way-points and plan new routes, review tracks and print maps using the BaseCamp Software (the owners manual is wrong, which indicates use with MapSource).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No good as anchor drag alarm, BEWARE!

This a basic decent GPS and draws very little power. It has one major programing flaw though. In the anchor drag alarm mode if the distance is exceeded it will only beep quickly a...Read complete review

This a basic decent GPS and draws very little power. It has one major programing flaw though. In the anchor drag alarm mode if the distance is exceeded it will only beep quickly a couple of times (not very loud either) then stop. Not long enough or loud enough to wake you. The GPS 76 was this way until Garmin fixed the programming, but the GPS 76 has been discontinued unfortunately. I just contacted Garmin service by email and they confirm the current GPS 72H anchor drag is still like I described above. Very poor programming! Do not buy this unit if you want to use it for an anchor alarm to get a restful nights sleep. We've been sailing for 15 years full time and have always used Garmin GPS's, we anchor most every night so the drag alrm is important to us. If it's not important to you then this is a fine unit.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Garmin GPS 72H

By Pete

from Connecticut, Milford

About Me Enthusiast

Pros

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Difficult To Set Up
    • Poor Viewing In Sunlight

    Best Uses

    • At Night
    • Bad Weather
    • Large Boats
    • Ocean

    Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

    Manual useless, customer service does not seem to know how the instrument works. Too many bells to go wrong.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    No good as anchor drag alarm, BEWARE!

    By sv AMULET

    from From NJ, but currently in Malaysia

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable Reception

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small Boats

      Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

      This a basic decent GPS and draws very little power. It has one major programing flaw though. In the anchor drag alarm mode if the distance is exceeded it will only beep quickly a couple of times (not very loud either) then stop. Not long enough or loud enough to wake you. The GPS 76 was this way until Garmin fixed the programming, but the GPS 76 has been discontinued unfortunately. I just contacted Garmin service by email and they confirm the current GPS 72H anchor drag is still like I described above. Very poor programming! Do not buy this unit if you want to use it for an anchor alarm to get a restful nights sleep. We've been sailing for 15 years full time and have always used Garmin GPS's, we anchor most every night so the drag alrm is important to us. If it's not important to you then this is a fine unit.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very easy to use inexpensive accurate

      By rick

      from florida

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Easy To Use
      • Intuitive Menu

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

        its an inexpensive easy to use unit
        a must at any price
        glad i too a friends recomendation

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Must Have

        By Locozodiac

        from Lima-Peru

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Easy To Use
        • Intuitive Menu
        • Quick Signal
        • Reliable Reception

        Cons

        • Menu 100 Not Clear

        Best Uses

        • Bad Weather
        • Foggy Days
        • Ocean

        Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

        The Garmin 72 was on it's own the next best uppdate from my basic Etrex H. Find it very usefull and friendly when you want to return home while boating on coastal foggy days in which you hardly see your bow.

        For newbies, the best way to learn how to use it properly is printing user manual while doing small sea trials along with manual testing different menus and options untill you learn how to set them all, or if preffered, the ones you need to have handy.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Product for the Price

        By T

        from Clearwater, FL.

        About Me Casual User

        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Easy To Use
        • Quick Signal
        • Reliable Reception

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

            Great product for the price! Unit gives accurate and reliable guidance everytime.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Simple to learn how to use

            By Hamilton Sandwich

            from West Coast - Australia

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Quick Signal
            • Reliable Reception

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Boats
              • Small Boats

              Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

              The Garmin GPS72H is easy to set up and simple to learn how to use. No complications from the get-go!

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Cheaper was better!!!

              By Happy Customer

              from Clearwater, FL.

              About Me Casual User

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Quick Signal
              • Reliable Reception

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Night
                • Fishing
                • Lakes
                • Large Boats
                • Ocean
                • Small Boats

                Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

                I can see no reason to purchase a more expensive GPS.

                Product is great; has many useful features and is very reliable.

                Easy to use; however, read the manual.

                A "must have" for any boater looking for spots offshore.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Previous versions had database

                By Steve

                from Channel Islands , CA

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable Reception

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

                    Great GPS, The older versions had a marine database , that included bouys etc.
                    Still its the best for the money.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    good value for the money

                    By hamlinbama

                    from Rochester, NY

                    About Me Power User

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Read
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Floats
                    • Small lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Hard to see in direct sun
                    • Poor Viewing In Sunlight

                    Best Uses

                    • Lakes
                    • Large Boats

                    Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

                    This is a well priced gps that bring a level of comfort to being on the open waters.

                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great back up to built-in chart plotter

                    By KW

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Read
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent screen
                    • Reliable Reception

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • As a backup on large boat

                      Comments about GPS 72H Floating High Sensitivity Handheld GPS:

                      We use it both as a backup on the big boat and as a primary GPS on my son's Whaler. The screen is easy to read and we are very happy with this unit.

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