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GARMIN GPSMAP® 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer

Model # 11553609Mfg # 010-00864-02

Reg. $349.99

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Product Description

High performance, rugged marine GPS with US g2 coastal charts, 3-axis compass, barometer and more!

For boaters and watersports enthusiasts who want to run with the best, the rugged GPSMAP 78sc includes preloaded U.S. coastal charts and features a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, crisp color mapping, a high-sensitivity receiver, new molded rubber side grips, plus a microSD™ card slot for loading additional maps. And it floats!

Explore Coastal Waters: GPSMAP 78sc comes with built-in BlueChart® g2 coastal charts and a worldwide basemap with imagery — perfect for all your outdoor pursuits. Map detail includes shorelines, depth contours, navaids, harbors, marinas and more for the U.S. and Bahamas. And, like the rest of the 78-series, 78sc is IPX7 waterproof and even floats in water.

Get Your Bearings: GPSMAP 78sc has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you can even use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

Share Wirelessly: With GPSMAP 78sc you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible device users. Now you can send the location of your favorite fishing spot to a friend to find. Sharing data is easy. Just press “send” to transfer your information to similar units.

Keep Your Fix: With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix™ satellite prediction, GPSMAP 78sc locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on GPSMAP 78sc to help you find your way when you need it the most.

Add Maps: Adding more maps is easy with our wide array of detailed marine, topographic and road maps, available on microSD card. Conveniently plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator NT® map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatible maps). The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. GPSMAP 78sc also supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, the 78sc is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.

Get Connected:
You've been busy exploring and now you want to store and analyze your activities. With a simple connection to your computer and to the Internet, you can get a detailed analysis of your activities and send tracks to your outdoor device using Garmin Connect™. This one-stop site offers an activity table and allows you to view your activities on a map using Google™ Earth. Explore other routes uploaded by millions of Garmin Connect users and share your experiences on Twitter and Facebook. Getting started is easy, so get out there, explore and share.

Find Fun:
GPSMAP 78sc supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. GPSMAP 78sc stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper printouts. Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Slim and lightweight, 78sc is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.

  • Display Type: Transflective 65K color TFT
  • Screen Size: 2.6"diag.
  • Screen Resolution: 160 x 240
  • Included Cartography: BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards,
  • Optional Cartography: City Navigator NT®; Supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required); Compatible with Custom Maps
  • Receiver Type: High-sensitivity
  • Battery Type: 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
  • Battery Life: 20 hours
  • Dimensions: 2 5/8"W x 6"H x 1 3/16"D
  • Weight: 7.7 oz.
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7 Submersible, and it floats
  • Interfacing: High-speed USB and NMEA 0183. Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data). Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units)
  • Included Equipment: Wrist strap, USB cable, manual
  • Warranty: One year

Specs

GPSMAP® 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer

Best Use Marine
Card Type Micro SD
Cartography U.S. Coastal
Connection Interface USB
Dimensions 2 1/2" Width x 6" Height x 1 1/4" Depth
Display Size 1.43" W x 2.15" H
Display Type Transflective 65K Color TFT
External Sensors Compass
Barometric Altimeter
Features Floats
Waterproof
Resolution 160 x 240
Warranty Details One Year
Weight 7.7 Ounces (with Batteries)

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Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer
 
4.0

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great reception (31)
  • Quick signal (27)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Intuitive menu (20)
  • Easy to read (16)

Cons

  • Difficult to set up (9)
  • Complicated controls (8)
  • Hard to read (6)
  • Poor viewing in sunlight (3)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (27)
  • Ocean (16)
  • Wet / rain (15)
  • At night (14)
  • Large boats (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (26), Enthusiast (21), Power user (8)
    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/directions (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Marine GPS

I do sea kayaking out on the San Francisco, Half Moon and Monterey Bays, as well as out in the unprotected, open Pacific Ocean. Needless to say the swells and wind waves out...Read complete review

I do sea kayaking out on the San Francisco, Half Moon and Monterey Bays, as well as out in the unprotected, open Pacific Ocean. Needless to say the swells and wind waves out there are often formidable to say the least. One cannot spare the time or concentration to fool around with an unintuitive, difficult to use GPS as one's kayak is bouncing around under him. The Garmin GPSMAP 78sc excels, not only in simplicity of use, but in clarity of view and ease of reading statistics as well. Best of all, it comes with all USA BlueChart G2 maps preloaded! In terms of reception, it is so sensitive that it actually reads my position inside my house!
It should be noted that, like all other marine hand held GPS devices, it is waterproof rated only to IPX7. Therefore, if used on the water in a small boat such as a kayak, it should be first placed in a waterproof protection bag. I use one of those clear plastic waterproof bags so that I can clearly see the display and press any button therefore making it fully and easily usable while being protected from water damage.
If you are looking for the best of the best hand held marine GPS the Garmin GPSMAP 78sc is the one to purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

I would trust the unit only for fair weather day sailing. Night, fog, or way point use is limited. Compared to my Uniden Mystic handheld of 10 years ago; this unit has...Read complete review

I would trust the unit only for fair weather day sailing. Night, fog, or way point use is limited. Compared to my Uniden Mystic handheld of 10 years ago; this unit has color and slightly larger display. Out of the box, the Marine Profile is non-nautical. Defaults are vague, land oriented. The coastal charts are lacking detail, especially depth. There is not a dedicated lat/lon screen needed in emergencies. Lat/Lon eats up map display space. A screen to navigate to a way point is missing. Mounting it more that arm length is useless. Vertical tilting compass swings it 10 deg - dangerous as a hand bearing compass. Documentation is spotty. Non-intuitive setup but better than expected. Naively thought both land maps and charts were part of the package. Going to return it for an older model. It just doesn't have the bang for buck I was expecting.

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5.0

Find your way back home

By Matt

from Plant city Florida

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Extensive Base Map
  • Intuitive Menu
  • Quick Navigation
  • Quick Signal
  • Reliable Reception
  • Simple Controls

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

      Easy to use and it great

      • How are you with directions:
      • Bad w/Directions
       
      5.0

      A good sturdy little GPS for short money.

      By The Canuman

      from Northeast Vermont and Lake Champlain

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Intuitive Menu
      • Quick Navigation
      • Reliable Reception
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Motorcycling

        Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

        I have two of these -- one for my motorcycle and another for my boat. They have been everywhere, have flown through the air, gotten packed with mud, been in the rain for days, and just keep ticking. Garmin's map sets are quite costly, but there are a large number of open-source maps that can be made to work for free with these units for both land and marine use. They are a great value, and the four-prong 12v power plug is miles ahead of just about any other system. It DOES NOT fail in the wet, as many others do. REMEMBER, no GPS replaces a good set of charts and a sense of situational awareness!

        • How are you with directions:
        • Great w/Directions
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Everything I need is in this unique aid.

        By Locust

        from Cambridge, Maryland

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Extensive Base Map
        • Fun
        • Interactive
        • Intuitive Menu
        • Quick Navigation
        • Simple Controls

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Aids to Navigation ID
          • Boating

          Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

          Boating Patrols

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Love this product

          By Sea-flat

          from Homestead, Fl

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Quick Navigation
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

              I use this product out on my HEWES Bayfisher 18. This is a great GPS with great navigation. I've used it for geocaching as well, and it works beautifully.

              • How are you with directions:
              • Great w/Directions
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              1.0

              Too difficult to bother with

              By Kent H

              from Stamford CT

              About Me Casual User

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Set Up
                • Difficult to use

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

                  I bought this Garmin hand-held primarily for use on my sailing kayak, and as back-up on my sailboat. My unit came with a Quick Set Up guide but no user manual. I attempted to get the unit to show what i consider basic information: my position on a chart, heading, speed and nearby buoys etc. The menus, options and strange terms made this impossible for me to do quickly & efficiently. Thinking I am a Luddite, I had three different sailing crew members try to use, basically to get a heading and distance to a racing mark, and none of them could do so before we reached and passed the mark. I'm returning to the store tonight.

                  • How are you with directions:
                  • Great w/Directions
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  works perfect for me.

                  By mike

                  from Arcadia,Fl

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Simple Controls

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

                      I use this on my boat and 4 wheeler.

                      • How are you with directions:
                      • Great w/Directions
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      good unit

                      By Chuck

                      from Florida

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Intuitive Menu
                      • Quick Navigation
                      • Quick Signal
                      • Reliable Reception
                      • Simple Controls

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Boating
                        • Hiking
                        • In Car

                        Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

                        The unit works well. it keeps great reception and the blue charts have been pretty accurate. I have only had it for a little while so i cant speak to all of the other attributes.

                        • How are you with directions:
                        • Great w/Directions
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Works great.....extremely versatile.

                        By Bill

                        from South Florida

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Kayak fishing

                            Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

                            I use it for lovation offshore reefs while kayak fishing.

                            • How are you with directions:
                            • Great w/Directions
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Worth Buying!!! I would buy this product in a heartbeat.

                            By -_-

                            from NJ

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Extensive Base Map
                            • Intuitive Menu
                            • Quick Navigation
                            • Quick Signal
                            • Reliable Reception
                            • Simple Controls

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Boating

                              Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

                              Opened the box and found it was simple to use. Went to map and found my position very quick! Simple to use and has multiple places near you(Marinas, Landmarks, etc.)

                              • How are you with directions:
                              • Bad w/Directions
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              3.0

                              I don't see too much improvement

                              By Pablamos

                              from Chicago area

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Large Screen

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Set Up
                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine Handheld GPS Receiver with Compass and Barometer:

                                My map76 GPS had pretty much the same except for color

                                • How are you with directions:
                                • Great w/Directions
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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