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Old 01-01-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Handheld GPS on ship and ports

Just curious if anyone has taken theirs along and marked some waypoints along the way. Got a new gps for christmas for fishing and thought it may be cool to mark a waypoint or two and seehow far from home we get. Also would be cool to see how fast the boat is going, direction, etc.

Would the GPS cause any issues with the ships electronics? I know probably a geek thing, but want to try out the new toy.

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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A GPS receiver is not going to present a problem with the ships electronics as it's not putting out a signal of its own. I took my hand held GPS on a Wonder repo cruise in 2011 and left it running the entire trip. I had to leave it close to the stateroom window as that was the only place I could reliably get a signal.

However, if you have a radio that will transmit, such as an FRS or ham radio, it's best to check with the crew before using it on the ship. In fact, the FCC rules for the amateur radio service require that the operator have permission from the ship's master before using a radio on the ship.

The ship provides track, position, and speed information on one of the channels on the in-room television, so in 2012, I left the GPS at home...
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
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And if you are going to Castaway Cay, you can use it to find the Geocache on the island!
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...d-6226154cc0f8
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:49 PM   #4
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Geocaching in 2013

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And if you are going to Castaway Cay, you can use it to find the Geocache on the island!
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...d-6226154cc0f8
We went to Castaway Key on a Disney cruise in April 2012, but I accidentaly left my gps at home This time it is on my packing list, along with some extra batteries. Finally gonna find this geocache!

Also have one near Atlantis marked that I want to find (Nassau, Bahamas).

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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While we were sailing from Port Canaveral to Key West, we were close enough to the FL coastline to see buildings.

There were a couple of people out on deck who had GPS....they thought we were at a specific point but knowing FL as well as I do, I thought they were way off. We were no where close to where they thought we might have been.
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And if you are going to Castaway Cay, you can use it to find the Geocache on the island!
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...d-6226154cc0f8
We LOVE geocaching. Did not know there was one on Castaway. Will have to find it on our upcoming cruise. Thanks
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:43 AM   #7
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If you Geocache, you can also check for caches at ports too, not just Castaway Cay!!
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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And if you are going to Castaway Cay, you can use it to find the Geocache on the island!
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache...d-6226154cc0f8
When I went in '06 there were two on the island. One was covered in red ants. NOT fun to get!
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We did lots of Geo-caching on our last cruise, using a handheld GPS and an iPhone.

Lots on San Juan, some on St. Thomas too. The one on CC is quite a far walk and best done with a bike rental
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I love to cache while in ports and I try to waypoint while at sea an where the boat is parked just in case
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