Garmin said today it has launched its Echomap Ultra series. The keyed-assist 10- and 12-inch touchscreen chartplotters are “designed to bring professional performance to inland and nearshore anglers,” according to a statement.
“Echomap Ultra forges the DNA of our popular Echomap Plus series together with premium features of our best-in-class GPSMAP chartplotters, to deliver an exciting new series that brings professional performance to larger, more affordable display options,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin worldwide vice president of consumer sales in the statement. “These new chartplotters are the perfect solution for anglers who want the best sonar and mapping available, but still want the convenience of an all-in-one design that can be quickly installed and removed from the boat at the end of the day.”
Bartel said the series has built-in support for Garmin’s Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar as well as its Panoptix LiveScope series, including the new single-array LVS12, that delivers live scanning sonar images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around the boat in real time. The units are preloaded with Garmin’s latest cartography, including LakeVü g3 maps and BlueChart g3 charts with integrated Navionics data and Auto Guidance1 technology.
Bartel said the new chartplotters are the first in the Echomap product line to offer both LakeVü g3 and BlueChart g3 cartography products for the U.S. and Bahamas for inland and near-shore boating and fishing. The g3 cartography also integrates Garmin Auto Guidance, a technology that searches through relevant charts to create a suggested route based upon the user’s desired depth and overhead clearance. For international use, the Echomap Ultra 102sv and Echomap Ultra 122sv are available with a worldwide basemap.
The units are expected to ship in the second quarter of 2019.