Garmin recently announced a new line of echoMAP combination chartplotters that integrates scanning sonar capabilities without the need of an additional sounder black box. 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 userfriendliness and preloaded mapping for whatever destination you want to fish, this new line truly encompasses everything an angler or boater could want.”
This next generation is available in a 4-, 5-, 7- and 9-inch color display and boasts ultra-clear scanning sonar of fish and structure. 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. Plus, different variations of the echoMAP series are available with either preloaded LakeVü or BlueChart g2 mapping. LakeVü is an extensive database of over 17,000 inland lakes, reservoirs and rivers, 5,700 of which have 1-foot contours shore-to-shore. BlueChart g2 coastal mapping provides comprehensive detail for all of the coastal United States and the Bahamas.