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Garmin Force trolling motor

According to the manufacturers, Force operates with almost undetectable levels of sonar and steering noise both below and above the water.

GARMIN has announced its new Force trolling motor, bringing power and efficiency to the freshwater trolling motor market. Anglers can cover more area and stay on their spots longer, even in tough conditions, and without spooking the fish. Thanks to its unique brushless motor, Force operates with almost undetectable levels of sonar and steering noise both below and above the water. According to the manufacturers it is also the first trolling motor to include built-in Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars.

“The trolling motor is one of the most critical pieces of equipment on a freshwater fishing boat, and it can single-handedly be the difference between a good or bad day on the water,” said Matthew Thomas, General Manager, Garmin Australasia.

“As a new player in the trolling motor market, Garmin is dedicated to delivering a motor that’s as innovative as it is reliable, yet still whisper quiet. Not only is the Force trolling motor at the forefront of power and efficiency, its robust, reliable design was built to withstand strenuous use, season after season, and the result is a trolling motor that’s second to none.”  

Quiet, powerful and efficient  

Thanks to its quiet brushless motor, Force operates with nearly imperceptible sonar noise interference. It’s extremely quiet above water, too, without compromise in performance.  It can move anglers from one structure to the next more quickly, throttle back with ease when they need to fish slow, and stand up to winds and currents. Force is, according to the manufacturers, the most efficient trolling motor available. Its brushless motor operates at either 36 V or 24 V.

Integrated Ultra High-Definition sonar

The Force trolling motor comes with an integrated transducer optimised for freshwater use with Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars so anglers can see fish and structure clearly. The built-in transducer is user serviceable, and the cable management system protects the built-in transducer cables as well as additional accessories, including the full range of Panoptix and Panoptix LiveScope sonars.

The complete system for precise boat control 

Wireless integration with a Garmin chartplotter and built-in autopilot functionality allows anglers with Force to get to the fish faster and stay in that same location while they fish. Thanks to its integrated heading sensor and GPS, Force offers virtual anchor lock to help anglers lock their boat onto their fishing spot quickly and with accuracy. From the chartplotter, users can create routes to their favorite waypoint and follow tracks while they go. Anglers can set their track, or select a suggested Auto Guidance route, and the Force will move them along the course.   

Force includes a convenient wireless foot pedal that provides instant control and responsiveness yet feels and steers like a cable-steered pedal. The pedal resistance is adjustable, and features foot-actuated buttons to control speed and heading and anchor lock. It can be operated wirelessly using AA batteries, or with the included power cable for wired power installation.

Force can also be controlled from anywhere on the boat via the included wireless remote. The remote gives anglers control of the trolling motor with virtual anchor lock, autopilot functionality and simple point-and-go gesture steering and includes user-programmable keys for remote chartplotter control…plus it floats! 


Force is backed by a 3-year fresh and saltwater warranty and a limited lifetime warranty on the shaft, along with support through an ever-increasing servicing dealer network.

The Force trolling motor will be on display at The Garmin stand of the Sydney International Boat Show.  Expected to be available in August 2019, it will be available with a 50-inch or 57-inch adjustable shaft with Recommended Retail Prices of $4,999 and $5099, respectively.

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