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Garmin’s new trolling motor wins Best in Show award at ICAST

Garmin’s David Dunn and Carly Hysell, along with Glenn Hughes, president of the American Sportfishing Association.

Garmin’s David Dunn and Carly Hysell, along with Glenn Hughes, president of the American Sportfishing Association.

Garmin’s Force trolling motor won the “Best in Show” award at this year’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades. The electronics maker introduced its first-ever trolling motor at ICAST. It was voted by media and buyers as the “Best Boating Accessory” in the ICAST New Product Showcase as well as Best in Show.

The show had 1,004 products entered by more than 300 companies competing for the Best of Show award. In 2018, Garmin also won the Best of Show and “Best Electronics” for its Panoptix Livescope, the first live scanning sonar for recreational fishing.

“To be recognized as back-to-back Best of Show winners for two different product categories at an established industry trade show like ICAST is truly humbling,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales in a statement. “Force is our first trolling motor and the culmination of years of design and creation, so it’s a huge accomplishment to win the category and overall Best of Show against so many seasoned brands.”

Garmin said that the Force motor has 30 percent more power than its “leading competition,” and is the most efficient trolling motor available. According to the company, Force is also the first trolling motor to include built-in Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars. It also wirelessly integrates with Garmin chartplotters. It is expected to be available in August 2019. 

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