Garmin introduces GPSMAP 700 7 inch chartplotter with radar sonar

Garmin Australasia Pty. Ltd. the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GPSMAP® 700 – the first touchscreen controlled stand-alone marine chartplotters with radar capability and built-in sonar at an affordable price that’s easy to justify for any boat or budget. The GPSMAP 700 was announced in conjunction with the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show, January 8-17, 2010, and will then be on show at other boat shows including the Auckland International Boat Show in March.

“Our touchscreen technology is recognised throughout the industry for its performance and ease of use, and we’re excited to further expand our product line with these new panoramic displays,” said Matt DeMoss, Sales and Marketing Manager Garmin Australasia. “In a class of their own, these products offer a whole new perspective on fingertip navigation and bridge the gap between the entry-level boater and the luxury yacht customers.”

The GPSMAP 750 comes preloaded with detailed maps of Australia and New Zealand. For sonar capability, Garmin also offers the GPSMAP 750s combo model, which featured a built-in 1kW capable sonar transceiver that can clearly define fish targets and terrain features as far down as 600 meters/2,000 feet to keep you apprised of what’s happening under the surface.

All of Garmin’s new chartplotters in the GPSMAP 700 series feature a standard radar port that lets you connect with any Garmin GMR™ series marine radar for target scanning on your chartplotter screen. Whether you’re adding radar now or in the future, you’ll enjoy the convenience of “plug-and-play” installation, as well as the power, range and high-definition targeting of Garmin’s proven radar offerings. These units are the first non-network radar-capable units offered in Garmin’s marine product line up, and offer the perfect solution for the cost-conscious mariner who wants to take advantage of radar capabilities without the network price. In addition, these new units offer full NMEA 2000 connectivity and make it easy to monitor engine, fuel, autopilot, and other onboard sensor data via the chartplotter.

Like the other Garmin touchscreen marine products, these units feature a sophisticated and elegant “flat-screen” physical design that complements today’s modern boats. Boasting a sleek 7-inch super-bright, waterproof (IPX7 standards) touchscreen display, the GPSMAP 750 offers unprecedented extremes of brightness for daytime readability with super low-level dimming for optimum night vision. With a built-in high-sensitivity GPS receiver, these new chartplotters are the perfect navigation solution for a single station vessel, and with their small footprint, can fit onboard your vessel where other larger units cannot. The built-in GPS receiver provides installation location flexibility, and therefore can also effectively serve as the back-up navigation station on a larger yacht.

For superior situational awareness, mariners can also load the new GPSMAP 750 with an optional BlueChart® g2 Vision® SD card to navigate with a clear moving-map representation of the boat’s position. With BlueChart g2 Vision, mariners can also take advantage of the Auto Guidance feature which suggests the best routes to follow. In addition, g2 Vision features true MarinerEye view above water or a FishEye underwater perspective – both in three dimensions.

The GPSMAP 750 has a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of $ 1,799.00 and the GPSMAP 750s has an RRP of $ 2,099.00. All of Garmin’s new touchscreen chartplotters are expected to be available in April, 2010. For more information, visit