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Garmin to storm Melbourne Boat Show with new gear

VISITORS to next week’s Melbourne Boat Show (June16-19) will be able to check out the latest marine gear from global electronics giant Garmin via a number of its retailers attending the event.

Those who purchase a selected echoMAP CHIRP and GPSMAP model during the boat show (or from participating retailers up to 30 June 2017) will also be entitled to receive via redemption a Garmin BlueChart g2 Vision HD chart or TOPO Lite Australia and New Zealand map, valued at up to $400.

GPSMAP 752xs/952xs and 1022xsv/1222xsv series: Among the units eligible for the offer is Garmin’s latest GPSMAP


752xs/952xs (touchscreen) and 1022xsv/1222xsv series (rotary control/keyed) series. Packed with industry-leading sonar and chartplotting features, the 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, 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.

The touchscreen 752xs (7” display) and 952xs (9” display) are equipped with 1kW traditional CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar for a near picture-quality 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, while a 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver delivers smooth on-screen navigation.

The GPSMAP 1022xsv (10” display) and GPSMAP 1222xsv (12” display) each 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 setting 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.

VHF 110i and VHF 210i AIS marine radios: These new VHF radios are built to complement the stylish design of Garmin’s


latest GPSMAP chartplotters and multi-function displays (MFDs), and offer full integration with Garmin systems. The VHF 110i offers 25W of transmit power and Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) compatibility. The VHF 210i AIS adds a built-in AIS receiver for improved situational awareness and greater confidence on open water, as well as a two-way hailer system that can be connected to a hailer horn or external speaker. Like the VHF 110i, the VHF 210i AIS provides standard DSC functionality, including distress calling and direct calling with user-programmed Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI).


GMR Fantom 18 / 24 radomes: These 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. Pulse expansion can then maximise target size to help differentiate real targets from noise. The Fantom 18 features a 5.2-degree beam width, while the Fantom 24 offers a narrower 3.7-degree width that paints a very precise, high-resolution image. Both Fantom radomes offer excellent range performance from 6m to 48nm.

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