Having a GPS system on your boat that is up to date, and properly working is the safest way to boat on big lakes. We recommend you choose a trusted system that we have personally tested and use every day ourselves and currently install in boats just like yours.
You probably already know how to use a Garmin chartplotter. It is that intuitive. Just turn it on and you can quickly follow the simple menu. Everything is at your fingertips to quickly and easily plan your route and set your course. And most Garmin ECHOMAP™ and GPSMAP® chartplotters are available with built-in sonar capabilities. These include advanced CHIRP traditional sonar and Garmin ClearVü™ and SideVü™ scanning sonar, which provides the clearest scanning sonar images on the water.
In terms of global positioning devices, Garmin has been a top the industry since their inception in 1989. The latest release is the Garmin 7612 Chartplotter . Designed for cruisers, sailors and sailing racers who demand quality marine products, ease of operation and cutting-edge features. Available now, this GPS chartplotter has tons of new features to have you feeling like a true adventurist.
Garmin 7612 chartplotter with 12-inch multi-touch widescreen display has a 10 Hz internal GPS that updates position and heading 10 times per second.
You can add your choice of Garmin marine radar, including our powerful xHD2 open array radars or xHD dome radars that pairs ease of use with advanced open array features.
It is fully network capable, including the Garmin Network and NMEA 2000.
The Garmin 7612 also pairs easily with dome or array radars. The 7612 comes preloaded with BluChart g2 maps as well as LakeVu HD maps.
Supports GSD™ premium sonar and GCV™ scanning sonar modules
In addition to basic charts the Bluchart g2 features tidal stations, currents, depth contours, and more to provide the highest level of safety during your adventure.
Preloaded BlueChart g2 Maps
In addition to basic charts, tidal stations, currents, depth contours, IALA symbols and included fishing charts, BlueChart g2 offers smooth transitioning between zoom levels and more seamless continuity across chart boundaries. You can customize your screens with Safety Shading that allows you to shade all depth contours shallower than your boat’s safe depth. Fishing charts emphasize bathymetric contours with less visual clutter on the display. And there’s also a choice of standard 2-D direct overhead or 3-D “over-the-bow” map views for easier chart reading and orientation.
Preloaded LakeVü HD Maps
These highly detailed freshwater maps include 17,000+ U.S. lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Included in those are more than 13,000 HD lakes with 1-foot contours shoreline to shoreline; excellent detail of underwater features plus Shallow Water Shading that allows you to designate a minimum depth; interstates, highways, general roads and bridges; designated fishing areas; and points of interest, such as docks, boat ramps, marinas and campgrounds.
The Garmin 7612 also comes equipped with sailing specific features, which included include laylines, enhanced wind rose, heading and course-over-ground lines, true wind data fields. –All aimed at making your time on the water safer and more efficient while still allowing you too have the fun you set out to have!
Staying connected with the Garmin 7612 Chartplotter has never been easier with built in WiFi and the
ActiveCaptain app which allows you to manage you marine experience from almost anywhere. Whether loading new maps or plotting a charter the 7612 allows you the chance to do it. One of the most important features is one that we hope you never have to use, the SOS safety assist feature makes it easier for anyone to call the Coast Guard in case of an emergency. Garmin as a whole continues to push the envelope in terms of technology and advancements in GPS integration, we look forward to what they bring us in the future.
To learn more about the Garmin 7612, click here.
Owner of Epic Audio, Jason, installed a new Garmin GPSMAP 7610 which is a great 10 inch touchscreen in a local residents very powerful Cigarette Boat.
Getting a new boat with a touchscreen doesn’t mean that the electronics screen comes with good software or has the current update. This older technology that you may be buying with the boat, may cause more problems than you think. Make sure that you have the newest technology and the most current maps with a system that has the capability to connect with your other electronics.
This is were Garmin comes in with the best in safety and navigation.
With a system that offers so much, we will like to feature a couple in this post to help the residents of Lake of the Ozarks understand the value of a Garmin unit.
Simplified SOS Calling
This exclusive SOS safety assist feature makes it easier for anyone – even those not familiar with marine electronics or radio protocols – to quickly call for Coast Guard help in an emergency. By simply tapping the SOS button on the chartplotter’s touchscreen display, your networked Garmin VHF radio will automatically tune to the Channel 16 emergency frequency and a list of possible situations—fire, man overboard, etc.—will be displayed. Once the applicable choice has been selected, the screen will provide a Coast Guard approved VHF radio distress call script, along with the ship’s current lat/long GPS coordinates, that can be read off to responders – thus saving time, averting panic, and providing the essential information needed by rescuers to assure the best possible outcome.
Upgrade with the Best Maps on the Water
Two SD™ card slots provide expandable memory for accessory map purchases, such as LakeVü HD Ultra with Max Def Lakes or BlueChart g2 Vision that add Garmin patented Auto Guidance and other great features.
FUSION-Link Entertainment System
Enjoy the ability to control all compatible FUSION-Link-enabled audio systems directly from your compatible chartplotter display.
The Ultimate Connected Boating App
Built in Wi-Fi gives you access to the free all-in-one ActiveCaptain® app, so you can manage your marine experience from nearly anywhere. It creates a simple yet powerful connection between your compatible mobile device and your Garmin chartplotter, charts, maps and the boating community. Wherever you are, you’ll have unlimited access to your cartography, the ability to purchase new maps and charts and access to the Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours Community. Stay connected with smart notifications on your chartplotter screen. You can also plan a trip or prefish a lake, and ActiveCaptain will automatically sync with your chartplotter. Even get notifications for software updates, and decide when to download them on your device.
With 1 Panoptix Down transducer, you get 3 remarkable views, allowing you to actually see fish and bait swimming around under your boat – in real time. You can even see fish in the water column in 3-D, from the bottom to the surface. You can be stationary yet still see things in 3-D below your boat.
One Panoptix Forward transducer provides 2 impressive views, even while your boat is stationary. It shows the bottom plus fish and bait swimming in the water column in front of your boat – in real time. You can even see your lure as you reel it in. You can also get 3-D views of fish and structure in front of your boat.
Commission Autopilot from Chartplotter
To make commissioning easier and more convenient, you can handle the entire autopilot commissioning process from your chartplotter screen.
Axis and FLIR Camera Support
Garmin offers support for select Axis cameras and for select FLIR cameras. These can be used for surveillance and situational awareness on vessels of any size. You can control your camera’s pinch-to-zoom and pan/tilt settings with gestures directly on the plotter screen and view video on multiple screens as well as multiple video streams on the same screen. Use an Axis encoder to convert analog camera, such as Garmin GC 10, to video over IP.
Make sure that you have the newest technology and the most current maps with a system that has the capability to connect with your other electronics.