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Standard Horizon GX 1700

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I have this radio. I bought it last year and it was during the summer so I did not study the manual but used it to listen to bar conditions and monitored the coast guard. This radio has a gps but no plotter. It has a built in gps antenna in the radio but has very little range. It does however have the ability to mark waypoints. I was reading in the manual and think I read that it will mark waypoints itself. I am wondering if any of you have this radio. What I would like to do is follow another boat out to a reef where they catch ling cod and rock bass. I think I might be able to follow another boat and the radio would mark waypoints all the way out with out doing it manually I think the book called it pinning. Can this be done or do I have to mark waypoints myself on the way out to the reef? 

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51 mins ago, wolfer said:

What I would like to do is follow another boat out to a reef where they catch ling cod and rock bass. I think I might be able to follow another boat and the radio would mark waypoints all the way out with out doing it manually I think the book called it pinning. Can this be done or do I have to mark waypoints myself on the way out to the reef? 

 

You should use that radio and hail the boat you're mugging, and just ask nicely for their waypoints. Make sure you get close enough to say thank you in person!

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I intended to follow a friend out. I want not only the last waypoint I want to make a trail of waypoints from the bar to the reef and back.so If I get stuck in the fog I can follow my waypoints to get back home as I cannot afford a radar system. and my fish finder does not have a plotter. My main reef is 8 miles from the bar and to the southwest. I can manually mark waypoints along the way but I think the radio will set waypoints for me.

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Dude, sorry I can't help you with your question, however, I do question your decision making ... nobody in their right minds should be relying solely on a radio's chart plotter to go 8 miles out to sea with the potential of fog. Whilst I completely empathize with your situation of not being in a position to buy a radar system, that shouldn't give you the green light to potentially put other's lives in danger if they ever had to go look for you. Much like the common sense philosophy of living within your means, you can enjoy fishing without putting yourself or others in potential danger. Don't become "that guy" on the news. Good luck.

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I understand. I am not experienced with the big pond either. I can follow a set of waypoints. Even radar does not tell if there is a boat too close or coming up on you fast. or sitting still in front of you. Anytime you cross the Bar you are taking a risk last year we had 3 commercial crabbers sink in one of our local bars just south of me and it is one of the safer bars. (coos bay) I am on the Oregon coast at Winchester bay on the Umpqua river Bar. 

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