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Garmin launches the GMR Fantom 18x/24x Series and GPSMAP 79s

by Garmin 27 Oct 07:16 PDT
GMR Fantom 18x/24x Series © Garmin

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the world's largest1 and most innovative marine electronics manufacturer, today announced the GMR Fantom™ 18x and GMR Fantom 24x solid state dome radars, offering 50 watts of output power for long range and better target detection on the water, even at high speeds.

Equipped with Garmin's signature MotionScope™ technology, the new high-powered Fantom 18x/24x radomes can detect and highlight moving targets in different colors, providing mariners with valuable vessel position information, track weather and more.

"When visibility is low and situational awareness is crucial, you need a radar you can depend on. More power means you'll get more consistent target positioning, excellent target separation and unprecedented close- and long-range target detection for a clear, concise view of what's ahead right on your Garmin chartplotter," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. "And for the first time in the industry, we're thrilled to offer this new radome series in black or white, making it easier than ever for users to customise their radar to their vessel."

High-powered radar with new power saving settings

With 50 watts of peak output power - double the competition of other solid state dome radars on the market today - the new Fantom 18x/24x radomes offer a range from 20' to 48 nautical miles and improved target detection, even in fog or rain. Plus, they deliver up to 60 RPM rotation speed for a refresh rate that can better detect movement, including boats approaching at high speeds. Thanks to the new power save mode, users can choose when to use full power and when to pull back, conserving power when they don't need it so that they'll have more when they do. Additionally, timed transmit mode lets users specify active and inactive times down to the second to help reduce power consumption so they can stay on the water longer than ever before.

Incredible detail and Increased situational awareness

In addition to an increased power output, the new Fantom 18x/24x radomes offer a number of features to help increase situational awareness on the water, including:

  • MotionScope technology - uses the Doppler effect to detect moving targets and highlight them in different colors so users can navigate around other boats or severe weather, or toward fishing spots where birds feed at the surface
  • True echo trails - see a historical "train" on the screen to more easily identify moving targets and potential collision threats
  • Dual range - all Fantom radars offer a dual range feature so users have the ability to see both close- and long-range views simultaneously, with an overlay on a chart for one or both ranges, eliminating the need to toggle between views
  • Dual radar support - display units can pull data from one of two different radar sources to provide redundancy
  • Dynamic auto gain - this feature automatically adjusts to the user's surroundings for optimal performance in all conditions
  • Dynamic sea filter - the gain automatically adjusts sea clutter for calm, medium and rough sea conditions
  • Radar overlay - users can easily overlay radar images on the chartplotter's map page

The new 18" GMR Fantom 18x and 24" GMR Fantom 24x will be offered with both a white and black color option and are expected to be available in November 2021 with suggested retail prices ranging from £2179.99 to £2719.99. For more information, please visit garmin.com/marine.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionised life for anglers, sailors, mariners and boat enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing the most sophisticated marine electronics the industry has ever known, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For the seventh consecutive year, Garmin was recently named the Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Other Garmin marine brands include Navionics® and Fusion®.

1Based on 2020 reported sales

Cast off confidently with the new Garmin GPSMAP 79s marine handheld

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the world's largest1 and most innovative marine electronics manufacturer, today announced the GPSMAP® 79s marine handheld designed to equip mariners with a suite of essential, easy-to-use onboard navigation tools from the palm of their hand. Building on the legacy of the GPSMAP 78 series, the GPSMAP 79s introduces an all-new design with modern display features and support fort optional BlueChart® g3 charts to enhance navigation and peace of mind for boaters as they explore open waters. Packed securely in a rugged, floating design, the GPSMAP 79s is purpose-built to suit a variety of on-water lifestyles.

"Whether used as a backup solution for onboard electronics or a dedicated navigation device, the GPSMAP 79s provides a number of key tools every mariner should have on hand when leaving shore," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. "Along with a fresh new design, easy-to-interpret mapping and modern features, the GPSMAP 79 Series offers greater peace of mind and more efficient on-water navigation as mariners search for promising fishing spots or set out on a weekend cruise."

Enhanced navigation

The GPSMAP 79s comes with a built-in worldwide basemap and support for downloadable marine charts. In addition to a 3-axis tilt-compensated compass, GPSMAP 79s use reliable GNSS with support for multiple constellations which allows boaters to access data across the world.

Crisp display

No matter the conditions, the GPSMAP 79s prevents fogging and improves contrast of on-screen mapping thanks to a larger, optically bonded display with 2.5-times higher resolution than its previous range. Specially crafted for life on the water, the new, transflective color display with a scratch-resistant glass lens allows for sunlight-readable navigation to enhance clarity and visibility in outdoor environments.

Marinized design

The GPSMAP 79s provides users with up to 19 hours of battery life while using GPS, and - thanks to its practical floating design and water resistance2 - can continue to perform in harsh marine environments. For capturing even more adventures on the lake or at sea, the GPSMAP 79s offers 8GB of memory for storage of up to 10,000 waypoints and 250 routes.

The GPSMAP 79s marine handheld is available now with suggested retail prices of £299.00. To learn more about the GPSMAP 79 series and Garmin's full range of marine GPS handhelds, visit here.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionised life for anglers, sailors, mariners and boat enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing the most sophisticated marine electronics the industry has ever known, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For the seventh consecutive year, Garmin was recently named the Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Other Garmin marine brands include Fusion® and Navionics®.

1 Based on 2020 reported sales
2 Rated to IPX6 and IPX7 standards

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