Garmin Announces Several New Products

Garmin International, Inc. has just announced four new innovative products for anglers. Below are the details on each of them:

Turn your phone into a fishfinder with Garmin’s new STRIKER Cast castable sonar

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1, today introduced
STRIKER™ Cast– a castable fishfinder that delivers sonar wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet. No boat? No problem. STRIKER Cast is a versatile sonar device that anglers can take with them wherever they go. Just cast it out from where the fish are biting that day – the bank, a dock, or even from a kayak – to view fish and structure in crisp detail on the free STRIKER Cast app, compatible with both Apple® and Android™ devices. With STRIKER Cast, anglers can even create their own fishing maps2 for an even more detailed look at the area they’re fishing.

“Now more than ever, consumers are finding ways to spend more time outside enjoying the great outdoors, and for so many, that includes fishing,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned angler fishing from shorelines, docks or piers, STRIKER Cast will help you identify structure and fish, right from the palm of your hand.”

Designed for use in freshwater and saltwater (and even for ice fishing), STRIKER Cast delivers excellent sonar performance in both shallow water and deep water – from less than 2 ft. to 150 ft. – and will wirelessly stream sonar and water temperature data from up to 200 feet away. It delivers easy-to-understand traditional 2-D sonar and ice fishing flasher modes, with setting adjustments for gain, range and more. Anglers can even turn on fish icons to view more realistic images of the fish targets and their depth readings directly in the app, so it’s easy to know exactly where to drop the line.

Available with built-in GPS, anglers can instantly create their own maps with 1-foot contours – and remember that great spot they found – by using Quickdraw Contours software, a free, easy-to-use tool that lets users instantly create personalized HD maps on any body of water. The data collected can be stored within the STRIKER Cast app, and anglers can upload, download or browse collected Quickdraw Contours data from other users from Garmin’s Quickdraw™ Community.

Easy to cast and built to last, STRIKER Cast is durable and lightweight, and should be used with a 20 lb. test weight or higher fishing line. The power-savvy STRIKER Cast automatically powers on when it’s floating in water and turns off when it’s not. Rugged by design, it boasts an internal, USB-rechargeable battery that can go for more than 10 hours between charges3, and it’s water-resistant to IPX6 and IPX7 standards4.

STRIKER Cast is available now in two versions: STRIKER Cast GPS with a suggested retail price of $179.99 and STRIKER Cast without GPS, which has a suggested retail price of $129.99. To learn more, visit

Garmin debuts GPSMAP X3 chartplotter series with higher-res displays and more premium features than ever before

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1, today introduced the GPSMAP® 7×3, GPSMAP 9×3 and GPSMAP 12×3 series-its next generation of mid-sized chartplotters and combination units that offer a sleek and streamlined design, improved display optics and a robust feature set that seamlessly integrates into a Garmin marine system – available with and without built-in sonar.

“Building on the legacy of our flagship GPSMAP series, we’re excited to expand the premium look and feature set of our most-capable chartplotters across the full product line,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Along with strikingly increased resolution, the mid-sized GPSMAP x3 series includes models that offer almost twice the processing power of previous-generation devices2 so users will benefit from increased performance across the boat’s entire network.”

Slim, stunning appearance

Designed for a wide range of dash configurations, the GPSMAP x3 series features slimline design borders with edge-to-edge glass displays. The maximized glass design can be bail-, flush- or flat-mounted and offers a reduced footprint. For superior clarity and sunlight readability, the GPSMAP 12×3 and 9×3 models offer high-resolution in-plane switching (IPS) touchscreens that provide consistent, accurate colors that can be seen from all viewing angles, even with polarized sunglasses. Additionally, the GPSMAP 9×3 and 7×3 models offer 50% and 60% more display pixels, respectively, compared to previous models. For existing Garmin customers3 who want to upgrade to the new GPSMAP x3 series, a retrofit kit is available for easy installation.

Premium processing power

Offering nearly double the processing power of the previous generation2, the premium power found in the GPSMAP x3 series significantly benefits all onboard sensors like sonar, radar, cameras, video and digital switching, and enhances the user experience across the entire network. Fast and responsive, these systems reference 10Hz GNSS (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) for accurate positioning and smooth speed as well as course over ground (COG) data. The increase in processing power also delivers Garmin’s fastest mapping capabilities, so there’s hardly ever a delay, even at high speeds.

Built-in sonar and unparalleled cartography coverage

The sonar combo versions (xsv series) offer built-in support for 1kW traditional CHIRP sonar so anglers can see superior target separation up to 1,000 feet below the boat. These new combos also have buit-in support for Ultra High-Definition SideVü and ClearVü scanning sonars featuring Garmin’s new high-contrast vivid color palettes, making it easier for anglers to distinguish fish from structure. The xsv models also support the full Garmin Panoptix™ all-seeing sonar product line, including the revolutionary Panoptix LiveScope™ real-time live scanning sonar. Transducers are sold separately.

Navigate with confidence and ease thanks to Garmin’s preloaded exclusive BlueChart® g3 coastal charts and LakeVü g3 inland maps with integrated Navionics® data and Auto Guidance4 technology. Garmin’s industry leading cartography1 brings unrivaled detail and convenience to users by blending the best content from both Garmin and Navionics to provide navigational aids, spot soundings, depth contours, tides and currents, plus detailed harbors and marinas. For the most detailed data, customers can also add or download BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra for access to Garmin’s high-resolution relief shading that combines color and shadow for an entirely new level of detail to the ocean floor and lake bottom. This premium cartography now offers relief shading coverage for the entire continental U.S. coast line and more than 150 lakes, respectively.

Seamless connectivity and integration

Like all other GPSMAP units, the powerful GPSMAP x3 series is fully network capable with NMEA® 2000 and the Garmin Marine Network, making it easy to build a customized electronics suite, including sonar, radar, autopilots, instruments, cameras and more. Featuring J1939 engine connectivity for engine integration, including select Yamaha engines, they’re also compatible with OneHelm™, an exclusive feature that brings together all the operations and capabilities of third-party devices like EmpirBus™ digital switching on one screen. OneHelm integration simplifies control and customization of the boat’s most crucial systems to one master source-the Garmin chartplotter.

Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi®, it’s easy to take advantage of the free all-in-one Garmin ActiveCaptain® mobile app for access to the OneChart™ feature, Quickdraw™ and ActiveCaptain Community data and much more. ActiveCaptain also provides smart notifications5 directly to the chartplotter, over-the-air software updates, off-vessel planning capabilities and so much more. Users can also connect other compatible Garmin devices like the quatix® marine smartwatches, gWind™ Wireless 2 transducer, GNX™ Wind marine instruments and wireless remote controls to the GPSMAP x3 series through the device’s integrated ANT support. Finally, sailors will appreciate the built-in SailAssist feature that provides data, displays and prerace guidance needed to gain a competitive edge.

The new GPSMAP 7×3, 9×3 and 12×3 series will be available next month with a 7-, 9- and 12-display, respectively. The sonar versions (xsv series) have suggested retail prices ranging from $1099.99 to $2899.99, while the non-sonar versions have suggested retail prices of $999.99 to $2699.99. To learn more, visit

Spend less time finding and more time fishing with Garmin’s new GT56/36 transducers

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1, today introduced the GT56 and GT36, its latest transducers offering Ultra High-Definition (UHD) ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar with 20% greater range and three frequencies for top performance with improved clarity.

“We’re excited to add the GT56 and GT36 to our expansive line of transducers for anglers who want to take their fishing to the next level with the clearest and highest resolution data from a Garmin scanning sonar,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “With optimized SideVü performance and multiple sonar frequencies, these new transducers easily adapt to all fishing styles and bodies of water, so anglers can cover more area than ever before.”

The new GT56 and GT36 transducers deliver the ultimate in sonar versatility. They offer UHD ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar, so anglers can see stunningly clear images of structure and fish below and off to the sides of their boat. What’s more, Garmin’s UHD SideVü sonar now has 20% greater range at 1,000 kHz, so anglers can scan waters further and in greater detail than ever. In addition to UHD ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars, the all-in-one GT56 transducer also offers high wide CHIRP traditional sonar with remarkably clear target separation and definition up to 800 feet below the boat.

With multiple scanning sonar frequencies, anglers can make simple adjustments for the waters they’re fishing. Both the GT56 and GT36 deliver 455 kHz, 800 kHz and 1,000 kHz for improved scanning performance at varying depths. They also support Garmin’s new high-contrast vivid scanning sonar color palettes, making it easier to distinguish fish from structure based on the user’s preferences and fishing conditions. With seven new vivid color options added, Garmin now offers a choice of 16 color palettes.

Garmin is also excited to offer new ECHOMAP™ UHD “sv” and ECHOMAP Ultra bundles with the GT56 transducer included. The bundles have varying suggested retail prices from $849.99 to $2,899.99. The GT56 and GT36 will also be sold individually with suggested retail prices of $449.99 and $399.99, respectively, with included transom and trolling motor mounting hardware. They are compatible with the GPSMAP® 8400xsv and 8600xsv series, the new GPSMAP 7×3, 9×3 and 12×3 “sv” chartplotters, as well as the ECHOMAP Ultra series and the ECHOMAP UHD “sv” chartplotters. All are expected to be available next month. To learn more, visit

New STRIKER Vivid fishfinders offer Garmin’s most vibrant underwater images to date

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1, today introduced the STRIKER™ Vivid series – proven fishfinders with best-in-class sonar now with seven new high-contrast color palettes that make it easier to see what’s beneath the surface.

“Vivid brings an enhanced sonar experience to the STRIKER series,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing a sonar color palette – daylight, bottom composition, cover, even eyesight – and we’re excited to bring more choices in vivid colors to these popular fishfinders so anglers can have more success on the water.”

Featuring industry-leading Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar technology, STRIKER Vivid ensures that anglers see crystal-clear fish arches and remarkable target separation. With seven new vivid color options added, Garmin offers a choice of 16 palettes, making it easier to distinguish fish from structure based on the user’s preferences and fishing conditions.

The Vivid series comes with a built-in high-sensitivity GPS receiver, so not only can anglers see fish and structure below the boat, but they can also quickly mark favorite fishing spots and other areas of interest like brush piles, stumps, or docks, and get back to them. Built-in GPS also allows users to plan and create routes and view their boat’s speed.

STRIKER Vivid anglers can create their own HD fishing maps thanks to built-in Quickdraw Contours mapping software. Whether it’s a familiar spot or uncharted water, the feature makes it’s easy to create and store up to 2 million acres of maps with 1-foot contours. Once it’s turned on, users will see contours with labels generated right on the screen as the boat moves – no need to stop fishing; results appear instantly on the STRIKER Vivid screen. User-collected data can be easily shared or accessed with others through the Garmin Quickdraw™ Community, which now includes over 9 million acres of data.

Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi®, STRIKER Vivid users can connect to the free ActiveCaptain® app2 to transfer waypoints and receive smart notifications delivered right to the screen, including software update notifications for the latest feature improvements3.

Available with a 4-, 5-, 7- or 9-inch color display, the STRIKER Vivid series has a rugged design and keyed interface that’s built to withstand the harsh marine environment. It comes with everything anglers need – including a tilt/swivel mount and transom- and trolling-motor mounting hardware – to make getting on the water fast and easy.

The STRIKER Vivid series is offered with two transducer options, with and without SideVü, and will be available next month with suggested retail prices ranging from $179.99 to $599.99. To learn more, visit

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