Garmin releases expanded cartography of U.S. coastline

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Garmin today said it expanded the coverage and improved the detailing of the high-resolution relief shading in its BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra cartography products. The coverage now includes the entire continental U.S. coastline and more than 150 lakes. Garmin said in a statement that the “relief shading combines color and shadow to bring an entirely new level of detail to the ocean floor and lake bottom.”

“We remain committed to giving our customers the highest quality and most detailed, accurate charts and maps on the water, so we’re pleased to now offer the most comprehensive U.S. coastline coverage available on the market today,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, in the statement. “By blending Garmin’s high-resolution relief shading with the fishing layer contours generated from the Navionics detail in our charts, anglers and divers will see a tremendous improvement both in fresh water and salt water, making it easier than ever to find structure, artificial reefs, underwater shelves and more.”

The BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra accessory cards and downloads have everything available from Garmin’s latest g3 cartography, Bartel said, including detail from blending Garmin and Navionics content, and built-in Auto Guidance1 that searches relevant charts to create suggested routes.

BlueChart g3 Vision also has high-resolution satellite imagery for a more realistic view of surroundings and 1-foot contours for accurate depictions of bottom structure, which can be overlaid on the high-resolution relief shading to provide a strong fishing chart detail.

LakeVü g3 Ultra includes maps of more than 17,000 lakes, with up to 1-foot contours. Of those, more than 150 are Garmin Elite surveyed lakes with high-resolution satellite imagery, multibeam sonar views shore-to-shore, side-scan photos and photos of notable spots above the water.

Garmin said it will display the enhancements next week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The enhancements will be available in December.