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I've been looking at a new Garmin 3010 GPSMAP with a GDL 30A weather service and was woundering if it is a must have on a 25fter going offshore several times a season.

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Nope. Weather service forecast updates typically not frequent enough to help much. Not all that accurate either. You basically can now get your horoscope with numbers and graphics on it. I've used satellite weather service on a bigger boat. Minimum utility-checked it once per day at most. Slightly more utility if you spend extended time in the islands where VHF marine weather channels not available. Even there someone usually broadcasts weather forecast on VHF on daily basis. Unless you're just gadget-happy, spend the money on something else.
 
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