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The Garmin GPSMAP 7412 Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Supports radar, autopilot, instruments, multiple screens and digital switching
  • Simplified SOS calling allows you to tap a button on the touchscreen
  • Axis and FLIR camera support

CONs:

  • Only compatible with other Garmin products

Garmin Striker 7sv Fishfinder

PROs:

  • Includes CHIRP SideVu, DownVu and traditional sonars
  • It ships with a tilt/swivel, trolling motor and transom mount, a CHIRP transducer and all the necessary cables

CONs:

  • No charts and no ability to load charts
  • Small 7 inch screen

Garmin gWind 2 Wireless Transducer

PROs:

  • Makes it easier than ever to have highly accurate wind data when and where you need it most
  • NMEA 2000 compatible
  • Stand-alone wind system or expanded to full onboard network

CONs:

  • Not compatible with GNT 10
  • Still have to climb up the mast to install however the battery is solar charged and lasts up to 3 years

A Backup Camera for Your Boat Trailer

PROs:

  • Each camera transmits wirelessly up to 45 feet.
  • You can install up to 4 cameras.

CONs:

  • Must hardwire the camera to constant power to be able to toggle between views.
  • If not hardwired, it is wired to the reverse light and comes on when the vehicle is placed in reverse.
  • Does not include WiFi so all updates must be installed via your computer at www.garmin.com/express.

Garmin Fantom Marine Radar

PROs:

  • Pulse compression technology provides high resolution
  • Provides radar data overlay onto charts
  • Detection range of 20 feet to 72 nautical miles

CONs:

  • Only compatible with the newer GPSMAP 7400/7600, 8000/8200 and 8400/8600

Garmin Panoptix PS30 Down and PS31 Forward Sonar

PROs:

  • Panoptix PS30 Down includes transom mounting kit
  • Panoptix PS31 Forward includes trolling motor mounting kit and a transom mounting kit
  • Software update microSD card with adapter included

CONs:

  • Panoptix PS30 Down only available for transom installs

Garmin Helm and Marine Wi-Fi Adapter Kit

PROs:

  • Record button in the app to save a video of the chartplotter display to your mobile device
  • Power options for 120/240VAC or 12/24VDC
  • Includes 2 Power Over Ethernet (POE) injectors for use with AC or DC

CONs:

  • No Android support

Garmin VHF 300 AIS

PROs:

  • Supports GHS 10 plus three GHS 20 remote mics
  • Dedicated rotary key for frequent tasks and 3 soft buttons for dynamic controls
  • NMEA 0183 and NMEA 200 compliant

CONs:

  • GHS 20/GHS 20i wireless handsets sold separately

Garmin GMI 20 / GHC 20

PROs:

  • Bonded screen prevents dust and condensation
  • Bright screen for use in sunlight
  • Can be flush or flat-mounted

CONs:

  • NMEA 2000 Network Updater sold separately

Garmin GPSMAP 8000/8500

PROs:

  • Low profile flush mount
  • GPSMAP 8008/8208/8012/8212 includes bail mount for surface mounting
  • Auto-dimming displays with pinch-to-zoom

CONs:

  • Rotary knob/joystick remote must be purchased separately
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