Garmin’s new Scanning Sonar Black Box designed for boaters and anglers
Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, has unveiled its latest piece of equipment for serious boaters. The GSD 25 is a premium sonar module that offers traditional sonar, 1kW CHIRP, CHIRP DownVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar for a versatile, all-in-one black box. Prices start at £749.99 and the unit will be available from early 2015 says Garmin.
The GSD 25 is being marketed as “the ultimate solution for the boater or angler” because it has both scanning capabilities and traditional sonar. Incorporating DownVü and SideVü, the clearest scanning sonar on the water, with true, dual 1kW CHIRP, the GSD 25 helps to provide a crystal clear image with excellent target separation and location without the need for multiple black boxes.
“Having a fully comprehensive view of what’s below your boat is important for anyone that’s out on the water,” said Dan Bartel, Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “No matter where you’re looking or what you’re trying to see, the GSD 25 provides vivid detail below and beside the vessel, along with the brilliant clarity associated with CHIRP. The GSD 25 encompasses the most beneficial sonar technology in one simple solution and will help make a day out on the water that much more successful.”
CHIRP has become a valuable tool when out on the water. Unlike traditional sonar that only emits a single frequency, CHIRP sweeps a designated range of frequencies, ranging from low to high. As a result, the return information is interpreted and since the continuous emission of frequencies provides a much wider range of information, CHIRP sonar is able to create a clearer, higher resolution image.
Paired with the newly announced line of scanning and CHIRP transducers, the GSD 25 acts as a great search and confirmation tool for everyone from the amateur angler to the professional sport fisherman. Compatible with the brand new GPSMAP® 7400 series and the previously announced GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm Series, sonar has never looked clearer.
Available in Q1 of 2015 and prices will start from £749.99.
Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar, high-definition radar, autopilot, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.
For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.
Garmin has also announced its new line of echoMAP combination chartplotters.
It’s the latest from the echoMAP™ Series and boatst Integrated Scanning Sonar.
Along with a user-friendly interface and built-in cartography, the new echoMAP series proves to be a valuable tool for boaters and anglers of all types.
“The new echoMAP units have our precision scanning sonar technology built directly into the chartplotter, giving you the clearest scanning sonar on the market without the need for additional hardware,” said Dan Bartel, Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “Combined with the unit’s user-friendliness and preloaded mapping for whatever destination you want to fish, this new line truly encompasses everything an angler or boater could want.”
Building from the success of the original echoMAP series, the next generation of echoMAP combination chartplotter and fishfinder series is available in a vibrant 4-inch, 5-inch, 7-inch and 9-inch colour display and accommodates boaters and anglers of all types. With an intuitive, keyed interface, the new echoMAP series provides the same renowned user experience that Garmin customers have grown to expect. Equipped with a built-in, high sensitivity 5Hz GPS antenna, the new echoMAP series updates location and heading five times per second, providing accurate vessel position at all times.
Garmin boasts the clearest scanning sonar of fish and structure on the market and that technology has been built into the new line of echoMAP combination units. The entire series features Garmin HD-ID™ sonar and DownVü scanning sonar. DownVü provides a nearly photographic view of objects and structure below the boat and offers excellent resolution and target separation in both freshwater and saltwater.
In addition, the new echoMAP 70 and 90 series have built-in SideVü technology, granting the ability to see what’s located to both sides of the boat. Having this technology integrated without requiring a separate sonar black box provides a much more efficient user experience and more installation options on the vessel.
Cartography is also imperative to a combination unit. Whether fishing coastal or freshwater, the echoMAP series are compatible with optional BlueChart® g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision maps. BlueChart g2 Vision offers Garmin renowned Auto Guidance, 3D-views, fishing charts, aerial photos and more. With Auto Guidance, the mariner can enter a destination and the chartplotter searches the relevant charts to create a safe path based on the dimensions and parameters of the vessel.
Cables can now be plugged directly into the tilt/swivel mount on the new echoMAP series for a quick release from the mount and connected power, providing easy connectivity and disconnecting for storage.
The next generation of echoMAP units will be available in Q1 of 2015 with prices starting from £299.99.