Garmin introduces new chartplotters

Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, will launch four enhanced products at the Sydney International Boatshow. The GPSMAP® 400 and GPSMAP® 500 series of chartplotters, come preloaded with BlueChart g2 mapping for Australia and New Zealand.

The new products add to their predecessors by upgrading to a high sensitivity GPS receiver for faster satellite acquisition, an improved digital design for increased map drawing and panning speeds. NMEA 2000 connectivity* for plug-and-play system integration enables the products to interface with Garmin's full lineup of NMEA 2000 marine sensors and autopilots, and other third-party sensors.

“By combining performance and value, these new portrait plotters are designed for boaters who demand a high-performance, compact unit with a small footprint,” said Matt DeMoss, Sales and Marketing Manager for Garmin Australasia.

The new chartplotters in the GPSMAP 551 and 451 series come standard with an internal high-sensitivity GPS receiver that allows for faster acquisition times and superior satellite tracking so that boaters are able to acquire and maintain a GPS fix more easily. Providing great value and ready for immediate use, the GPSMAP 551 and 451 both come pre-loaded with the detailed BlueChart g2 mapping for Australia and New Zealand.

In addition, these units boast an improved, high-speed digital design that will increase map drawing and panning speeds, making chart adjustments extremely fast. Sonar models in the range (designated by an “s” after the model number) have a digital sonar receiver to give extraordinary target definition and boast a built-in 500-watt RMS digital sounder with a dual frequency transducer for offshore use.

The GPSMAP 551 features a 5-inch QVGA sunlight-readable display. The GPSMAP 551s also comes with built-in sonar for use with a 500-watt RMS dual-frequency transducer for offshore use.

With a 4-inch QVGA sunlight-readable display, the GPSMAP 451 is designed for the boater who wants high performance in a small package. This unit also features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and faster processor, and is offered with the same cartography configuration as the GPSMAP 551. Likewise, the GPSMAP 451s is also available with a built-in sonar with a 500-watt RMS dual-frequency transducer for offshore use.

The 451 and 551 will both be available in August.

Further expanding the Garmin Chartplotter range in September is the GPSMAP 556. The GPSMAP 556 has a 5-inch VGA display and comes with detailed Australian and New Zealand BlueChart g2 mapping.

GPSMAP 556s also comes with sonar capability, and supports an optional 1,000-watt transducer for extra power when on the water. In addition, this sounder also has a feature which can scan fish, structure or other objects as deep as 600 metres.

An optional flush-mount kit is available for each unit for custom installation.

GPSMAP 551 and GPSMAP 551s have RRP of $1210 and $1410 respectively, while the GPSMAP 451 and GPSMAP 451s have RRP of $979 and $1179 and will be available early August.

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