Garmin® debuts GPSMAP® 8600/8600xsv series, expands its flagship line of all-in-one chartplotters with new sizes, built-in sonar and more

New Garmin chartplotters first to offer built-in BlueChart ® g3 with Navionics data

OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today
announced the GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series, an extension of its
flagship GPSMAP 8600 series that brings premium features like built-in
sonar and new BlueChart g3 coastal cartography and LakeVü g3 maps with
Navionics data and built-in Auto Guidance1 to smaller, more
affordable display options. Available in 10-, 12- and 16-inch displays
that feature full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screens with multi-touch
control, the GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series is Wi-Fi enabled and offers full
connectivity and networkability so mariners can completely customize
their marine electronics system based on their needs and preferences.
The new GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series is being announced at the 2018 Fort
Lauderdale International Boat Show, and will be on display at the Garmin
booth #332 in the electronics tent.

“Garmin was the first to create a glass-helm design, and we’re excited
to bring this stunning appearance to smaller, more affordable displays
without compromising the premium performance our customers know and
depend on from our award-winning GPSMAP series,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin
worldwide vice president of consumer sales. “The GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv
series offers unmatched sonar, cartography and connectivity capabilities
so fishermen, cruisers and sailors can feel more confident at the helm,
and spend more time enjoying their passions on the water.”

With built-in support for Garmin’s industry-leading sonar, the GPSMAP
8600xsv series includes support for dual-channel 1kW traditional CHIRP,
CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonars, plus Ultra
High-Definition scanning sonar, giving anglers the greatest sonar detail
available from a Garmin system to date. These chartplotters also support
the full Garmin Panoptix™ all-seeing sonar product line, including
Panoptix LiveScope™, the first and only live real-time scanning sonar
available on the market today. Transducers are sold separately.
Non-sonar capable versions of each new display – the GPSMAP 8610, GPSMAP
8612 and GPSMAP 8616 – are also available.

The new GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series is the first to come preloaded with
Garmin’s exclusive BlueChart g3 coastal charts and LakeVü g3 inland maps
with integrated Navionics data and Auto Guidance technology. This new
Garmin cartography 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,
and detailed harbors and marinas. In addition, Garmin’s preloaded
BlueChart g3 is the first to offer built-in Auto Guidance technology
that instantly searches through relevant charts to create a suggested
route based upon the dimensions of the user’s desired depth and overhead
clearance. International versions of this new product line, the GPSMAP
8400/8400xsv series, are also available and come preloaded with a
worldwide basemap.

For superior clarity and sunlight readability, the new GPSMAP
8600/8600xsv series offers full-HD IPS touchscreen displays that provide
consistent, accurate colors that can be seen from all viewing angles,
even with polarized sunglasses. The maximum glass design can be bail-,
flush- or flat-mounted, enabling edge-to-edge installation of multiple

The premium processing power found in the GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series
significantly benefits all onboard sensors like sonar, radar, cameras,
video and digital switching, and enhances the user experience across the
entire network. This lightning-fast processor also delivers Garmin’s
fastest map drawing capabilities, so there’s hardly ever a delay, even
at high speeds. With SmartMode, these multi-function displays (MFDs) are
designed to give the user quick, one-touch access to the information
they care most about. Users can configure and customize their entire
system for activities ranging from docking, cruising, fishing, and
anchoring with just one touch.

These powerful new MFDs are fully network capable with NMEA 2000
connectivity and the Garmin Marine Network to easily build a customized
electronics suite – from sonar, radar and autopilots to instruments,
cameras and multimedia. The screen can even be spilt to show up to six
different features simultaneously, including HDMI video input. Sailors
will also appreciate the built-in SailAssist feature that provides data,
displays and prerace guidance needed to gain a competitive edge. For
full control of the boat from the MFD, the GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series
also supports OneHelm™, an integrated solution that brings the power and
convenience of controlling onboard boat systems like digital switching,
lighting, stabilization and more, to the Garmin display.

The all-in-one compact design of the GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series
eliminates the need for black-boxes, monitors, and external Wi-Fi
antennas. They feature built-in Bluetooth® connectivity, Wi-Fi®
and ANT® that allow the chartplotter to connect with
additional Garmin devices like a quatix™ 5 marine smartwatch, VIRB®
action cameras, or gWind™ Wireless 2 wind sensor. Users can also pair
the new GPSMAPs with the free ActiveCaptain® mobile app for
access to OneChart™, smart notifications, trip planning, software
updates and much more.

The new GPSMAP 8600/8600xsv series is expected to be available in Q1
2019 with an MSRP ranging from $2499.99 to $5999.99. For more
information, visit

Garmin is the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer2
and was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the fourth
consecutive year by the NMEA, an honor given to the most recognized
marine electronics company for support of products in the field.
Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated
chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology,
high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing
instrumentation, audio, entertainment and other products and services
that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use. Other
Garmin marine brands include FUSION Entertainment, Navionics, a premier
supplier of electronic navigation charts, and EmpirBus.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary markets, including automotive,
aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information,
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1 Auto Guidance is for planning purposes only and does not
replace safe navigation operations.
2 Based on 2017
reported sales.

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About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin, GPSMAP, BlueChart, VIRB and ActiveCaptain are
registered trademarks and Panoptix, LiveScope, SmartMode, OneHelm
quatix, gWind, and OneChart are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its

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Garmin International, Inc. Carly Hysell, 913-397-8200 [email protected]