Garmin set to launch marine product range to UK market

Garmin new products

Garmin International Inc., is set to launch a range of its new 2018 marine products to the UK market, at London Boat Show 2018.  

The company’s strengthened marine product portfolio features the new ActiveCaptain app and the ECHOMAPTM Plus series, with a wide variety of products on show, from chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, to solid-state pulse compression radars, to transducers and dive computers; the Garmin stand is certainly not one to be missed this year. Products on display at the show include:  

ActiveCaptain – Experience a seamless content management system with unlimited access to cartography, automatic delivery of the latest software available, off-vessel planning capabilities, connected services and so much more in one simple, yet powerful application. Whether out on the water or planning the next trip, mariners can utilise the ActiveCaptain app as a one-stop-shop to manage their experiences from nearly anywhere, including: 

OneChartTM – Access, update and purchase maps and charts from the OneChart storefront from a mobile device at any time.  

Smart Notifications – Stay connected to the world with calls, text messages and more shown on the chartplotter display while the phone is stowed away, safe and dry. 

ActiveCaptain Community – See what others are saying with access to up-to-date-feedback from the boating community: Feedback on marinas, reported hazards and other POIs in the area.  

Planning – Make, save and transfer routes and waypoints between the app and the chartplotter with zero button presses  

Mobile Quickdraw Community – Easily upload and download of the latest community-made QuickdrawTM Contours chart and map content.   

Sync User Data – Automatically synchronise marked waypoints and routes between the app and chartplotter.  

Over-the-Air Software Updates – Once the app is paired with the chartplotter, notifications and update details combined with seamless delivery eliminate the need to transport updates from desktops via an SD card. 

View and Control – View and control your chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet from anywhere on the boat. 

ECHOMAP Plus series is Garmin’s next generation of chartplotters and sonar combination units with industry-leading features for both saltwater and inland anglers and boaters.  Building on the success of its predecessor series, ECHOMAP CHIRP, the new ECHOMAP Plus features powerful sonar capabilities, premium chart options, and built-in WiFi®* for access to the new Garmin ActiveCaptain marine app for the ultimate connected boating experience. 

Available in a range of display sizes to accommodate nearly every boat and budget, the Plus series features a bright, sunlight-readable 4-, 6-, 7- or 9-inch display. The 6-inch units are new to the ECHOMAP series and are larger with more pixels and easier to read than previous 5-inch models. The ECHOMAP Plus series also offers the convenience of a new keyed-assist touchscreen on the 7- and 9-inch units, which gives users quick access to the features they use most. The ECHOMAP Plus series comes preloaded with UK and Ireland charts with support for optional BlueChart® g2 Vision® HD charts with Auto Guidance2, satellite imagery, 3-D perspectives and more.    

STRIKERTM Plus series These proven fishfinders with industry-leading sonar are now packed with new features to help anglers find and catch more fish, yet easy as ever to use.  

“The new STRIKER Plus series has the features that will bring the benefit of built-in GPS, Quickdraw Contours and Wi-Fi® to first-time users, and will convince existing STRIKER customers to upgrade,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president global consumer sales. “These new fishfinders are the perfect entry-level solution for anglers who want the best sonar available plus the ability to create and store their own contour maps.”  

Descent™ Mk1 

The Descent™ Mk1 is a dive computer offering surface GPS positioning with rich colour mapping. Designed for recreational, technical and free divers, the Descent Mk1 allows divers to plan their underwater adventure right on the watch and use GPS waypoints to automatically mark dive entry and exit points to upload their dive log via the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app to Garmin’s online dive community. The Descent Mk1 also offers multiple dive modes, 3-axis compass, in-dive data, as well as multi-sport functions like wrist-based heart rate and activity profiles.   

Beyond the full range of diving functions, the Descent Mk1 offers a complete feature set of sports/training, fitness and outdoor navigation tools. It comes preloaded with activity profiles for swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, rowing, paddle boarding and more.