US: Garmin International has announced its ECHOMAP Plus series, its next generation of chartplotters and sonar combination units with industry-leading features for both saltwater and inland anglers and boaters. Building on the success of its predecessor series, ECHOMAP CHIRP, the new ECHOMAP Plus features powerful sonar capabilities, preloaded charts and mapping, and built-in Wi-Fi for access to the new Garmin ActiveCaptain marine app for the ultimate connected boating experience.
Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales said “The ECHOMAP series has been popular since its introduction nearly five years ago” “We’ve taken the proven design of these all-in-one combos and have given them exciting new functionality to meet the demands of today’s angler, including keyed-assist touchscreens and connectivity capabilities. Whether you’re trolling for Mahi or targeting bass, the ECHOMAP Plus series has you covered.”
Available in a range of display sizes to accommodate nearly every boat and budget, the Plus series features a bright, sunlight-readable 4-, 6-, 7- or 9-inch display. The 6-inch units are new to the ECHOMAP series and are larger with more pixels and easier to read than previous 5-inch models. The ECHOMAP Plus series also offers the convenience of a new keyed-assist touchscreen on the 7- and 9-inch units, which gives users quick access to the features they use most.
Staying connected on and off the water is easier than before with the ECHOMAP Plus series. Thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi, anglers can take advantage of the free all-in-one Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app that creates a simple yet powerful connection between a compatible mobile device and an ECHOMAP Plus. 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 marina and other points of interest details, access to Quickdraw Community data and more. ActiveCaptain also provides smart notifications directly to the plotter/combo, over-the-air software updates, off-vessel planning capabilities and so much more.
These new connectivity features make it possible for anglers to purchase the latest map and study it to plan their next trip all before stepping foot on the boat. Once the ECHOMAP Plus is powered on, the maps and charts will be instantly available, and the user can rest assured that the software will always be up to date with the latest feature improvements from Garmin before heading out for the day.