What are GPS got-to-have features?

Maps are expensive +notes on the 76
if you are competent with computers and like to live dangerously, e-mail me about life.

Nobody sells charts cheap. ON the other hand bouys, navigational aids, and many islands appear on the standard software that comes with the unit. YOu can buy cheap topo woftware for you inland needs if it has the data you need just put in your points.

Why I like the garmin 76 series: most readable display in a hand held that I have seen.