Garmin shows new products at FLIBS

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New GPSMAP chartplotter and inReach Mini satellite communications launched.

Marine electronics manufacturer Garmin used last week's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) in Florida to launch two new products including an upgraded chartplotter and new satellite communications equipment.

The new GPSMAP 8400xsv series chartplotter is billed as an extension of the flagship GPSMAP 8400 series designed to deliver premium features such as built-in sonar and Auto Guidance1 to smaller, more affordable display options.

“Garmin was the first to create a glass-helm design, and we’re excited to bring this stunning appearance to smaller, more affordable displays without compromising the premium performance our customers know and depend on from our award-winning GPSMAP series,” said Adam Howarth, general manager, Garmin Australasia. “The GPSMAP 8400xsv series offers unmatched sonar and connectivity capabilities so fishermen, cruisers and sailors can feel more confident at the helm, and spend more time enjoying their passions on the water.”

Available in 10-, 12- and 16-inch size displays, the GPSMAP 8400xsv screens offers full HD in-plane switching (IPS) with multi-touch control. The maximum glass design can be bail-, flush- or flat-mounted, enabling edge-to-edge installation of multiple displays.

The new series is wi-fi enabled, eliminating the need for external wi-fi antennae, and has built-in support for Garmin's dual-channel 1kW traditional CHIRP, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonars plus Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar. The chartplotters also support the Garmin Panoptix product line, including the latest Panoptix LiveScope which offers real-time scanning capability. Transducers are sold separately.

Other features include support for OneHelm, an integrated solution that enables control of onboard boat systems such as digital switching, lighting and stabilisation through the display, built-in Bluetooth and ANT connectivity that allow the chartplotter to connect with additional Garmin devices such as a quatix 5 marine smartwatch, VIRB action cameras, or gWind Wireless 2 wind sensor, and the ability to integrate with the free ActiveCaptain mobile app for access to a range of charting and trip planning tools.

The new GPSMAP 8400xsv series is expected to be available in Q1 2019.

Also at FLIBS, Garmin introduced a new two-way satellite communicator called the inReach Mini Marine Bundle which uses the Iridium satellite network to deliver two-way messaging, basic navigation and a 24/7 SOS function. Access to the Iridium network requires a subscription with a variety of plans available for individuals and groups/fleet.

“The inReach Mini is your go-to connection for maintaining off-the-grid contact while giving you – and your friends and family onshore – extra peace of mind on the water,” said Adam Howarth. “Whether it’s to say that the fishing are biting and you’ll be home late, or to check in with loved ones while you’re out sailing or worst case, to report an emergency onboard, the inReach Mini lets you send and receive messages, track and share your journey, and if necessary, trigger an SOS.”

At just over 10cm in height and 5cm wide, and weighing just over 99 grams, the inReach Mini is impact resistant and water-rated to IPX73. The marine bundle includes an internal, rechargeable lithium battery for up to 50 hours of use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval extended tracking mode. It also includes a marine mount and hardware, 12-volt power cable and flotation lanyard.

The unit can be used on its own or paired with a compatible device, including a range of Garmin GPSMAP displays, chartplotters and handhelds, as well as other mobile devices such as smartphones and the quatix 5 marine smartwatch.

The inReach Mini is also expected to be available in Q1 2019.

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