New From Garmin
Garmin, a leader in marine electronics products, just announced the launch of two new products for serious fishermen and long-range cruisers. The first is the new, more powerful 25kW open array marine radar, the GMR 2524 xHD2 and the GMR 2526 xHD2. These high- definition radars offer 25kW of transmit power, an increased maximum range of 96 nautical miles, and Pulse Expansion1 that maximizes transmit energy.
“With twice as much power as other radars in our xHD2 series, the GMR 2524 and 2526 xHD2 are our most powerful radars to date,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “They provide incredible long-range performance and excellent target separation and are invaluable aids to track land, other boats or weather, and to help locate game fish.”
Coupled with this increase in power is the ability to increase the duration of the pulse to mark targets further away that could normally be missed.
For fishermen, the Auto Bird Gain setting will allow anglers to track down flocks of birds feeding over fish and bait.
This can lead you right to the fish in many cases and without it you are blind to these clues. The dual range features will enhance fishing and safety because you can easily look at two separate ranges at the same time. One can track a target in close, while keeping tabs on more distant targets at the same time.
GMR 2524xHD2 & GMR 2526xHD2:
- 4- and 6-foot open array radars with 25kW transmit power
- Increased maximum range of 96 nautical miles
- Pulse Expansion provides the ability to increase the duration of the transmit pulse, thus maximizing energy on targets at longer range that may have otherwise been missed
- Other features include Auto Bird Gain, dual radar support, and dual range
- Retails for $7999.99 and $8999.99 respectively; available now
These are just a few of the many hi-tech features that will make your boating experience more productive and safer.
The second new release from Garmin is that Panoptix sonar technology now features a thru-hull transducer. With the PS60 Panoptix thru-hull down transducer, fishermen can see real-time moving sonar images below the boat. The PS60 is the newest member of the Panoptix transducer family, which also includes transom- and trolling motor-mount options.
“Panoptix is a game changer for inland and offshore anglers alike,” said Dan Bartel, of Garmin. “Unlike traditional or scanning sonar that only shows the history of what you’ve passed over, Panoptix allows you to see real-time images under your boat, including your lure and the fish attacking it. We’re excited to offer this revolutionary technology with a thru-hull installation option, making it available to a broader range of anglers.”
- Panoptix all-seeing sonar transducer for thru-hull installation
- Ideal for coastal fishermen with larger boats
- Provides real-time moving sonar images below the boat with three impressive views: LiveVu Down, RealVu 3D Down and RealVu 3D Historical
- Compatible with Garmin GPSMAP 7400/7600, 8000/8500 and 7×1/8×0/10×0 series product lines
- Retails for $3999.99; available in November 2015
These two new products from Garmin will enhance the user-friendly abilities of Garmin’s proven line of multifunction displays and create a powerful package at a very reasonable cost.
Don’t just take it from me, Garmin just won the coveted Manufacturer of the Year award from the 2015 NEMA Convention in Baltimore, MD.
“We’re honored to be selected as the Manufacturer of the Year, and to be recognized for several of our outstanding products and marine applications,” said Dan Bartel,. “The strength and breadth of our innovative marine product line is second to none, and these coveted awards are a true testament to Garmin’s dedication to the design, manufacture, sale, and support of our marine electronics.”
To check out more on these products and more, visit Garmin.com.