Garmin launches new echoMAP fishfinders

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New competitively-priced CHIRP fishfinders with charting software.

First unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale boat show last year, Garmin has now introduced its latest range of echoMap CHIRP fishfinders to the local market.

The new range covers 4”, 5”, 7” and 9” colour displays and features conventional CHIRP sonar as well as CHIRP DownVü and SideVü scanning sonar.

The units also come pre-loaded with BlueChart g2 Australia and New Zealand coastal charts as well as Garmin's Quickdraw Contours software which allows users to create their own detailed contour maps.

Other features include a built-in 5Hz GPS antenna that updates location and heading five times per second, a microSD memory slot for additional maps such as BlueChart g2 Vision charting system with auto guidance, and NMEA compatibility (55dv, 75sv and 95sv models) that enable integration of an autopilot as well as displaying engine data and other information on the screen.

The 7” and 9” models can also be integrated with a Garmin Panoptix transducer to deliver real-time sonar images for precise fish location.

All the new units are ready to install straight out of the box with the included all-in-one CHIRP transducer, and come with a quick-release tilt/swivel mount for easy head unit removal/storage.

Recommended retail pricing starts from AU$599/NZ$699 for the echoMAP CHIRP 45dv up to AU$1,999/NZ$2,299 for the 95sv model.

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