Garmin ECHOMAP Plus Sounder/Plotters
November 1, 2017
Garmin’s new ECHOMAP Plus series features powerful sonar capabilities, preloaded charts and mapping, and built-in WiFi for access to the new Garmin ActiveCaptain marine app.
Available in a range of display sizes to accommodate different boats and budgets, the Plus series features a bright, sunlight-readable 4”, 6”, 7” or 9” display. The 6” units are new to the ECHOMAP series and are larger with more pixels and easier to read than previous 5” models. The ECHOMAP Plus series also offers the convenience of a new keyed-assist touchscreen on the 7” and 9” units, which gives users quick access to the features they use most.
Thanks to built-in WiFi1, anglers can take advantage of the free Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app that creates a simple connection between a compatible mobile device and an ECHOMAP Plus unit. Use the ActiveCaptain app to access, update and purchase maps and charts from the OneChart storefront on a mobile device anytime, and reference the ActiveCaptain community for marinas, fuel docks, restaurants and other points of interest, access to Quickdraw Community data and more. ActiveCaptain also provides smart notifications2 directly to the plotter/combo, over-the-air software updates, off-vessel planning capabilities and much more.
These new connectivity features make it possible for anglers to purchase the latest charts and use them to plan trips. Once the ECHOMAP Plus is powered on, the maps and charts are instantly available, with the software updates made automatically.
ECHOMAP Plus also offers built-in CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar. Instead of just sending one single frequency, CHIRP sends a continuous sweep of frequencies and interprets them individually upon their return, creating crisper fish arches with better target separation. For anglers who want to see objects and structure below the boat, ClearVü provides a nearly photographic view with excellent resolution and target separation in both freshwater and saltwater. The ECHOMAP Plus “sv” models also add SideVü scanning for customers who want to see what’s located on both sides of the boat.
All 7” and 9” Plus units provide support for all Garmin Panoptix transducers, so anglers can see real-time sonar imagery at video-like speed. Panoptix shows an image of fish swimming and moving toward or away from the boat, even while stationary, in real time and up to 100’ away. A free software update planned for Q1 2018 will also enable the 7” and 9” ECHOMAP Plus units to share user and sonar data between devices.
Available with preloaded cartography for coastal or fresh waters, the new ECHOMAP Plus units feature built-in BlueChart g2 charts, U.S. or Canada LakeVü HD maps. U.S. LakeVü is an extensive database of more than 17,000 inland lakes, reservoirs and rivers that includes over 13,000 lakes with high-definition 1-foot contours. Canada LakeVü features more than 13,500 lakes, 4,800 of which have 1-foot contours.
Price: $200 – $1100
For more information, visit the Garmin website.