In conjunction with the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Garmin just announced the echoMAP CHIRP series – a new line of affordable chartplotter/sonar combination units with built-in CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP DownVü and SideVü, the clearest scanning sonar on the water. With preloaded cartography for inland or coastal waters, the new echoMAP CHIRP series offers support for Garmin Panoptix transducers, and all units come standard with Garmin Quickdraw Contours, a new software feature that lets mariners instantly create personalized HD fishing maps with 1-foot contours on any body of water. With NMEA® 2000 compatibility1, the new echoMAPs can also receive information from sensors, engines, autopilots and more.
“With integrated CHIRP sonar, enhanced mapping options, built-in GPS, and support for Panoptix and NMEA 2000, the echoMAP CHIRP series is a powerful step forward in the evolution of combination units for anglers,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “We’re excited to bring these units to market and believe that they truly provide the best fishing experience possible, and at price points to meet the needs of the value-minded customer.”
Like previous echoMAP models, the CHIRP series is available in bright, sunlight readable 4-inch, 5-inch, 7-inch and 9-inch color displays with an intuitive, keyed interface. All models are equipped with a built-in, high-sensitivity 5Hz GPS antenna that updates location and heading five times per second for extremely reliable position accuracy at all times.
For the clearest scanning sonar of fish and structure on the market, this new series offers built-in CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP DownVü and SideVü technology. 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.
Additionally, the 7-inch and 9-inch echoMAP CHIRP models provide support for Garmin Panoptix all-seeing sonar. The echoMAP CHIRP series will support all Panoptix models, including the new PS21. Available with preloaded cartography for fresh or coastal waters, each new model is offered with either U.S. or Canada LakeVü, or U.S. BlueChart g2 mapping. U.S.
Learn more about the echoMAP series and the rest of Garmin's new marine 2016 lineup at at garmin.com/marine2016.
1Available in the 5-inch, 7-inch, and 9-inch models.