[Coral-List] need GPS recommendations

Todd Barber reefball at reefball.com
Tue Jun 28 10:45:22 EDT 2011

Hi Sara,

The Reef Ball Foundation volunteer teams have standardized on the Garmin
GPSmap 60CSx which is a reasonably priced waterproof hand held unit that
links easily into Google Earth.

We have not had any flood yet but we don't dive with them just snorkel.  I
often add a plastic zip lock bag to mine just as an extra safety measure and
I put a generous bit of clear grease or vasoline over the cable connection
points even though they have rubber seals too.

I have found the units to be very accurate and they boot fast too when
traveling large distances.


Todd R Barber
Chairman, Reef Ball Foundation
3305 Edwards Court
Greenville, NC 27858
252-353-9094 (Direct)
941-720-7549 (Cell & Goggle Voice)
toddbarber Skype

www,reefball.org (Reef Ball Foundation)
www.artificialreefs.org (Designed Artificial Reefs)
www.reefbeach.com (Reefs for Beach Erosion)
www.eternalreefs.com (Memorial Reefs)
www.reefball.com (Reef Ball Foundation)

On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM, <freeds at pdx.edu> wrote:

> Dear Coral-Listers,
> Can anyone recommend an easy to use, durable, handheld GPS unit?
> The units are carried in the water while snorkeling. We use a
> combination of waterproof cases and bags to protect them, but there is
> occasional leakage. We use the units to mark our research sites out on
> the water, so we just need to be able to see the coordinates of our
> locations, no maps or fancy features necessary.
> We need something that can handle some water contact and that has a
> TRULY watertight battery compartment- the compartments in our newer
> units corroded despite being 'water tight'. We also need the unit to
> withstand normal wear and tear of frequent battery changes and
> button-pressing, which our newer units did not either. I have a single
> unit that is about 12 years old; it has held up great and has outlived
> the newer ones we tried (Garmin 72H). We would appreciate any
> recommendations on waterproof bags or hard cases as well.
> Sincerely,
> Sarah Freed
> Environmental Science and Management
> Portland State University
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