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.
8-inch multi-touch widescreen display (1024 x 600 WSVGA) preloaded with both BlueChart® g2 U.S. coastal and Garmin LakeVü™ HD maps
Built-in dual CHIRP sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar with the clearest images on the water (transducer sold separately)
High-sensitivity internal 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS
Fully network capable for Garmin Marine Network and NMEA 2000®, plus NMEA 0183 support
Supports GSD™ 26 professional sonar module
Designed for sportfishermen, cruisers, sailors and sailing racers who demand high performance, ease of operation and feature integration in a chartplotter/sonar combo. The 8-inch multi-touch widescreen GPSMAP 7608xsv combo includes built-in dual CHIRP sonar plus CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar with the clearest images on the water. Its internal 10 Hz GPS updates your position and heading 10 times per second. GPSMAP 7608xsv is fully network capable, including Garmin Network and NMEA 2000, and offers the conveniences of built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity.
Our installations are quality and we guarantee great craftsmanship. If you have any question or need assistance with what unit will be best for your budget and boat, please call us at 573-346-1909
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.
Garmin recently debuted the latest additions to their line of GPSMAP chartplotters and plotter/sonar combo units—the GPSMAP 742 and 942 touchscreen chartplotters, and the GPSMAP 1042xsv and 1242xsv keyed chartplotter. Available in a range of sizes from 7”-12” units, with built-in sonar options, the concept behind Garmin’s new units is to offer solutions to every boat owner, bringing premium features and the latest in chartplotting technology to budget-conscious customers.
The GPSMAP 742/942 series offers 7” and 9” sunlight-readable touchscreen chartplotters or combo units, with a 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver for smooth on-scree navigation. These units expanded on Garmin’s popular 7” touchscreen units that were introduced in 2010, offering larger screen sizes and the latest features. The 742 and 942 are equipped with wireless connectivity for the Garmin mobile APP, connectivity to the Garmin Marine Network for easy data transfer, and NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 connectivity for autopilot, VHF, digital switching and other sensors.
The GPSMAP 1042xsv/1242xsvseries offers 10” and 12” options with a sunlight-readable screen and keypad interface. The Keypad features a multi-function rotary knob that allows easy menu navigation even in rough water, as well as hotkeys that can be programmed for quick access to the user’s favorite features. The 1042xsv and 1242xsv offer the above mentioned features and capabilities of the 742 and 792, and are also equipped with built-in CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü.
Garmin’s new compact units offer a large range of solutions to boat owners and range from $799.99 to $1299.99.
Call us for more information and to schedule installation: (573) 346-1909