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Garmin expands GPSMAP series


GARMIN is announcing the release of several new products at this week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, among them new GPSMAP models set to arrive in Australia early next year.

Further expanding the popular GPSMAP product range, the new touchscreen and keyed units are packed with innovative sonar and chartplotting features. The new units offer full-network compatibility for the Garmin Marine Network, which allows support for sharing sonar, maps, user data, radar, IP cameras and Panoptix all-seeing sonar across multiple units. There’s also NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 support for autopilots, digital switching, weather, VHF, AIS and other sensors.

All 2017 GPSMAP models also feature built-in Quickdraw Contours software – an easy-to-use tool allowing boaters to instantly create personalised HD maps with 30cm contours on any body of water.

In the new GPSMAP touchscreen series, the compact 752xs (7” display) and 952xs (9” display) are equipped with 1kW traditional CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar for a clear view of what’s beneath the boat, as well as support for Panoptix all-seeing sonar. Built-in wireless connectivity for Garmin mobile apps and VIRB action camera integration is also standard. A 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver delivers smooth on-screen navigation, while preloaded premium mapping features include Australia/New Zealand BlueChart g2 HD charts.


For those who prefer a keypad interface, the new GPSMAP 1022xsv and GPSMAP 1222xsv (10” and 12” displays respectively) deliver effective all-in-one solutions. With an all-new industrial design, each unit features a large, sunlight-readable screen coupled with a keypad interface and new multifunction rotary control knob for precise, simple control of menu navigation and settings control, even in rough water. These units also offer user-programmable hot keys for one-touch access to favourite features and functions.

Along with the same GPS and connectivity features as the GPSMAP touchscreen series, the 1022xsv and 1222xsv also offer built-in 1kW CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar, as well as support for Panoptix all-seeing sonar and other premium Garmin sonar modules.

Garmin’s new GPSMAP models are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017.

More information about the entire range can be found on the Garmin website.

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