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Garmin looking ahead to 2017


GARMIN is preparing for another big year in 2017, with its expansive marine product line-up set to grow again.

The latest marine gear is expected to hit our shores early in the New Year. Here’s a sneak peek at some of it…

GMR Fantom 18 and 24 radar

These new solid-state pulse compression radomes offer MotionScope Doppler technology and 40W of power – the highest in the industry for its kind. Available in an 18” or 24” footprint, they bring Garmin’s award-winning Fantom technology to a smaller size and lower price point, making them an attractive option for boats where open-array radar isn’t an option. With its pulse compression technology, the Fantom 18 and Fantom 24 provide high resolution while maximising energy to enhance target detection. The Fantom 18 features a 5.2-degree beam width, while the Fantom 24 offers a narrower 3.7-degree width. Both Fantom radomes offer excellent range performance from 6m to 48nm.

GPSMAP 752xsv/952xsv and 1022xsv/1222xsv

Available in 7” (752xs) and 9” (952xs), these touchscreen GPSMAP units are equipped with 1kW traditional CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar, 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 and Quickdraw Contours personalised HD mapping software.

The units offer full-network compatibility for the Garmin Marine Network, which allows support for sharing sonar, maps, user data, radar and IP cameras across multiple units. There’s also NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 support for autopilots, digital switching, VHF, AIS and other sensors. For those who prefer a keypad / rotary control knob interface, the new 10” (1022xsv) and 12” (1222xsv) units have the same GPS, connectivity and sonar features as the GPSMAP touchscreen series, with the addition of CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar. They come preloaded with a worldwide basemap, with SD card slots to accept Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD charts.

Panoptix PS51-TH

Bringing Garmin’s revolutionary Panoptix technology to an even greater range of boats, this new phased-array multi-beam thru-hull transducer delivers premium Panoptix FrontVü sonar. FrontVü is a narrow beam, forward-looking sonar that focuses on the bottom in front of the boat, which displays the bottom up to nearly 100m ahead of the boat at 8-10 times the current depth. The PS51-TH also delivers LiveVü Forward, which shows targets moving toward or away from the boat, even while stationary, in real time. Compatible with a wide range of Garmin chartplotters.

VHF 110 and VHF 210 AIS marine radios

These powerful VHF radios complement the latest GPSMAP multi-function displays and offer full integration with Garmin systems. The VHF 110 offers 25W of transmit power and Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) compatibility, and also features NOAA weather alerts and Position Tracking, which allows boaters to locate and keep tabs on up to three boats that use a Garmin system. Offering the same features as the VHF 110, the VHF 210 AIS also incorporates a built-in AIS receiver for improved situational awareness, and comes with a two-way hailer system that can be connected to a hailer horn or external speaker on the deck or tower for onboard communication. Like the VHF 110, the VHF 200 AIS provides standard DSC functionality, including distress calling and direct calling with Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI).

For more information on the whole range of Garmin marine products head to the website.

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