It will pull the location via cell towers via triangulation. If you happen to live in an area without cell towers like me it simply will not work. "
This is simply not true at all. That is not what A GPS means at all. Ipad s with 3G have A TRUE GPS receiver. it uses cell signal to speed up the acquisition of the TRUE GPS receiver.
"The tech specs also indicate that the Ipad2 has an assisted GPS module NOT true GPS."
You are completely wrong again, as you have no concept of AGPS. It DOES HAVE A TRUE GPS RECEIVER.
The iPad with 3G will work on a boat. The iPad with 3G has a GPS chip and uses assisited GPS which is a step above GPS, both of which require a GPS chip. I've used mine in my car with no internet connection and Navigon worked well. You need to learn about AGPS... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisted_GPS
The Ipad 2 has an assisted GPS module. It will pull the location via cell towers via triangulation.
It is not triangulating via cell towers. Assisted GPS gets the actual GPS location of the cell tower from the cell tower network.
This location is then passed to the GPS receiver so it will know where it is to acquire the stallites faster.