Garmin International, Inc. recently released a new line of products, including the BlueChart g3, LakeVü g3, GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv Series, inReach Mini Marine Bundle, and more. These many updates are being announced at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and will be on display at the Garmin booth #332 in the electronics tent.
Check out further information on these exciting announcements below!
The BlueChart g3 charts and LakeVü g3
Everyone is excited about the new BlueChart g3 charts and LakeVü g3 maps, which will be the first preloaded cartography to offer built-in Auto Guidance, a technology that instantly searches through relevant charts to create a suggested route based upon the user’s desired depth and overhead clearance. This new Garmin cartography brings unrivaled detail and convenience to users with navigational aids, spot soundings, depth contours, tides and currents, and detailed harbors and marinas. It offers seamless chart presentation with up to 1-foot fishing contours that provide a more accurate depiction of bottom structure for improved fishing charts and enhanced detail in swamps, canals, marinas and port plans.
“In our pursuit to provide the greatest global cartography offerings, Garmin’s new g3 products combines the best content from both Garmin and Navionics to provide the highest quality detail and coverage available to mariners today,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin worldwide vice president of consumer sales. “And we didn’t stop there—our premium g3 cartography will also include built-in Auto Guidance technology, a feature previously only available with an additional accessory card.”
GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv Series
The GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series is an extension of its flagship GPSMAP 8600 series that brings premium features like built-in sonar and new BlueChart g3 coastal cartography and LakeVü g3 maps with Navionics data and built-in Auto Guidance to smaller, more affordable display options. Available in 10-, 12- and 16-inch displays that feature full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screens with multi-touch control, the GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series is Wi-Fi enabled and offers full connectivity and networkability so mariners can completely customize their marine electronics system based on their needs and preferences.
“Garmin was the first to create a glass-helm design, and we’re excited to bring this stunning appearance to smaller, more affordable displays without compromising the premium performance our customers know and depend on from our award-winning GPSMAP series,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin worldwide vice president of consumer sales. “The GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series offers unmatched sonar, cartography and connectivity capabilities so fishermen, cruisers and sailors can feel more confident at the helm, and spend more time enjoying their passions on the water.”
inReach Mini Marine Bundle
The inReach Mini Marine Bundle is a new addition to its popular line of satellite communicators with available two-way messaging, basic navigation and a 24/7 SOS function via the global Iridium network1 built with the mariner in mind. Designed for life on the water, the inReach Mini Marine Bundle includes a rugged mount and 12-volt power cable that provides added peace of mind, especially in the event of power loss on the vessel, without taking up space at the helm. To access the Iridium network and communicate with an inReach Mini device, an active satellite subscription is required. A variety of subscription plans are available for both individuals and groups/fleets, and mariners will appreciate the flexible month-to-month options that can be suspended in the offseason if desired.
“The inReach Mini is your go-to connection for maintaining off-the-grid contact while giving you – and your friends and family onshore – extra peace of mind on the water,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Whether it’s to say that the bite is hot and you’ll be home late, or to check in with loved ones while you’re sailing to Hawaii or worst case, to report an emergency onboard, the inReach Mini lets you send and receive messages, track and share your journey, and if necessary, trigger an SOS.”
Reactor Autopilot Remote
The rugged, water-resistant Autopilot Remote is the ultimate in onboard control and convenience. Boasting a bright, sunlight-readable color display and an enhanced user experience, the Reactor Autopilot Remote features a comfortable ergonomic design and programmable presets for quick access to your favorite functions. The new Autopilot Remote lets users control steering with ease – it even features gesture controls for heading hold and course corrections; simply point the remote in the desired course direction. No need to worry if the remote takes a trip overboard, because it’s water-resistant and it floats. And with a 45-foot range, it’s never been easier to place autopilot control in the palm of the captain’s hand. The Reactor Autopilot Remote includes a cradle and wrist and neck lanyards and is expected to be available in Q4 2018 with an MSRP of $249.99.
GRID 20 Remote Input Device
The easy-to-use GRID 20 remote input device provides intuitive remote access and control of an entire Garmin marine system. It features a 360-degree joystick with a rotary knob and push-to-select button for easy chartplotter menu/setting navigation and fine control, even in the worst conditions. Users can designate four favorite keys to restore their system to a previously saved configuration. There are also a variety of hard keys for quick access to important functions, including left and right screen switches, autopilot standby/engage and more. For peace of mind, there’s also a dedicated SOS key. For added flexibility, the GRID 20 can be wired via NMEA 2000 or the included power cable, or installed wirelessly (AA batteries required). This plug-and-play solution can be tailored to a user’s system preference with both vertical and horizonal mounting options, and its small footprint makes it convenient to integrate into a busy helm or between two displays. The GRID 20 is expected to be available in Q4 2018 with an MSRP of $249.99.
GC 200 Marine IP Camera
Designed to provide users added security onboard their vessel, the GC 200 IP Camera allows mariners to monitor areas above and below deck in clear, real-time HD video – even in low light. Up to four cameras can be streamed at a time on a single chartplotter, or shared across multiple compatible chartplotters on the Garmin Marine Network. The GC 200 IP Camera features a reverse-image setting on compatible chartplotters, which allows for flexible installation at any angle, including upside down as a back-up camera. It’s easy to install, and its small size and discreet design blend into the surroundings. The GC 200 IP Camera can be mounted in virtually any orientation, because its images can rotate 90/180/270 degrees, and it comes with a rugged, water-resistant case, so users can place it nearly anywhere they need a camera. The GC 200 IP Camera is expected to be available in Q4 2018 with an MSRP of $499.99.
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