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  • i tried gps speedo in 2 boats, it never seemed to pick up gps correctly , now i just use a tablet with a program called gps speed, seems way more dependable .
    project: https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...r-2159-hardtop
    Previous project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...rint-bass-boat
    Previous previous project/conversion https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...rsion-splashed

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    • I wasnt impressed by most GPS speedos, mainly because the design life is so short for electronics vs a mechanical pitot tube, when I did my guages went pitot tube for the speedo and old-school air-core motors for the gauge movements on the others.
      Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

      1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

      Past Boats
      1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
      2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
      1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

      What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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      • I think I am going to still try one out. Interesting comments, the company I was going to talk to about converting my mercury speedo specializes in converting airguide speedos to gps for competition skiing. Wonder if it is just the quality of some of the manufactures or just the technology that is the issue? seems like it would have to be the quality control.
        Miss Morgan,1969 Sleekcraft "Boats by Nescher" Newport. Power by Mercury 115 L6, tower of power.
        https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=364284

        Current project,https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...project-fuggly

        "Nothing is done so poorly that the government can’t do it worse!"

        “It’s easy being a humorist when you’ve got the whole government working for you.”—Will Rogers

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        • A lot of GPS issues may stem from where you boat most of the time. One of the nicer lakes I go to is a dammed river in the appalachian mountains, so its very narrow with mountains on both sides so it has a hard time picking up enough satellites.

          If i recall correctly, 4 satellite locks are needed for an accurate position/speed reference. I probably won't get a GPS speedo for that reason, but if I was on the ocean or a geographically flat area, I think they would probably work pretty well.

          This is all just based on what I know about GPS, I don't have any personal experience with gps speedos lol, but I'm assuming this is where the issues might come from.

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          • Looks like GPS speedos come in all different sizes too!

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            • Hmm might work well for me then, the lake I go to has hills around it, but that is it. Thanks for the info.
              Miss Morgan,1969 Sleekcraft "Boats by Nescher" Newport. Power by Mercury 115 L6, tower of power.
              https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=364284

              Current project,https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...project-fuggly

              "Nothing is done so poorly that the government can’t do it worse!"

              “It’s easy being a humorist when you’ve got the whole government working for you.”—Will Rogers

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              • Originally posted by archbuilder View Post
                Hmm might work well for me then, the lake I go to has hills around it, but that is it. Thanks for the info.
                Well if you do make sure there are no cameras around! Not sure I could get that image out of my head........
                Oh! you meant the gauge!

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                • I was down working on the boat this afternoon and due to a thread about fire extinguishers on another forum I decided to finally check mine a little closer. It is a white 4lb Kiddie. Dated 1994! Hehe..... Oops, a little expired! Check those fire extinguishers folks! Also not one of the recalled one's dang it!

                  Cheers.....................Todd

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                    Wow! The engine looks great, and I’m glad it runs as well as it looks.

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