Garmin GPSMAP Feb 2016 Software Update

Garmin has released a big GPSMAP software update for Feb 2016. The update has very “big version number” increases. The update does ONLY cover current Garmin chartplotters – and not the legacy models. (As SemperFishing on TheHullTruth says – think Legacy if your Garmin is GRAY in colour – current models are BLACK at the moment)

The updates covers among others – support for the new Garmin G2 HD and G2 Vision HD charts and improved auto guidance with the new charts. Plus there is new options for the Quickdraw maps in HD. And a lot of other update. Read on – release notes for major platforms below.Garmin GPSMAP 8008
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Garmin Nautix-In-View sunglass mount display

The new Garmin Nautix-In-View display, mounts on your sunglasses and provides quick access to important data from your chartplotter.

The “Feather Weight” Nautix-In-View display is “Google Glass” for marine devices. It is a tiny screen that communicates wireless with your compatible chartplotter. So far compatible chart plotters are the Garmin GPSMAP 7400/7600/8400/8600 series

The devices is reasonably light weight (29.7g) but Garmin calls that Featherweight – I would hate to see that bird…. as a Peacock tail feather weighs in at around 0.75 – 1 1/2 grams. So it weighs the same as 20-30 peacock feathers.

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Garmin Helm iPad & iPhone App review

Garmin announced the new Garmin Helm remote control App for iOS (iPhone/iPad) this

Garmin Helm Display App for iOS (iPhone/iPad)
Garmin Helm Display App for iOS (iPhone/iPad)

week. So far it only supports the new Garmin GPSMAP 8000 series via Wi-Fi. Later other GPSMAP models will be included. But since we have a Garmin GPSMAP 8008 on the test-bed, we decided to take the Garmin Helm app for a test-run.

The Garmin Helm Test-Rig

As we don’t have a Garmin Wi-Fi access-point – we rigged up our own with a Cradlepoint MBR1400 router.  We configured the CradlePoint so 2 of the Ethernet ports and one virtual Wi-Fi access-points is routed to Garmin normal B class (176.16.x.x/ – then we plugged the Garmin 8008 into the CradlePoint router. Continue reading Garmin Helm iPad & iPhone App review

New Garmin Products at METS –

A lot of new products for METS from Garmin

Garmin SideVü and Garmin DownVü : New side and downscan sonar technology. Garmin SideVu DownVu

The Garmin GPSMAP 500xs and GPSMAP 700xs series will get a software update to support Garmin DownVü with the built in sonar.

New Garmin GVC 10 sonar black-box will integrate SideVü and DownVü and will be compatible with the new GPSMAP 700, 800 and 1000 series chartplotter. [ Updated] and echoMAP 70dv/70s. It has 3 network ports for networking multiple units? So does that mean the GPSMAP 700 series will be net workable now? As the GVC 10 is Garmin Marine Network compatible??  Prices $599 and available [we don’t know yet]



Garmin is also expanding their GPS 700 range – with new bigger brothers – the new Garmin GPSMAP 800 and Garmin GPSMAP 1000 series (So with 8″ and 10″ screens and the 10″ got buttons!!) update : The 800 and 1000 series are NOT touch. Only button controlled. And prices are about $2000 for the 10″ models and $1500 for the 8″ models. Availability about February 2014.Garmin 1000 Series




New Radars – GMR18 xHD and GMR24 xHD – With 48 RPM and auto adjustment. Dynamic auto Gain and dynamic Sea Filter -with a range of up to 48 nautical miles. Prices : GMR24 xHD – $2400 – GMR 18 xHD $1600 – available February 2014.Garmin XhD radar

New Free Garmin Helm iPhone and iPad app for remote control of Garmin GPSMAP units that are acceciable via Wi-Fi. It will be compatible with GPSMAP 8000 series first – but more GPSMAP models will be supported in the near future. Garmin Helm iTunes Link

Garmin Meteor 300 – New Garmin in-boat audio system – with Bluetooth streaming and control. Compatible with iOS and Android.  At launch it will work with the GPSMAP 500 and 700 series plus the Garmin 6000 and 7000 series MFD chart plotters with potential future expansion to other GPSMAP models as well. 3 separate audio zones – 4 x 50 watt – NMEA 2000 control Interface.

Price $400 and available February 2014. [Update – looks like it is just some Fusion OEM based on the accessories seems all to be Fusion based]

Garmin Meteor 300 Docking Station – with USB including micro-USB cable, Apple 30 pin cable and Apple lightning cable – $150 – available in 1-3 business days??

Garmin Meteor 300 NMEA 2000 remote control – well… looks like… Fusion???

Garmin Meteor 300 Remote Control $190 and available now.Garmin Meteor 300 NMEA 2000 Remote Control

Fusion NMEA 2000 Remote Control








Garmin gWind Series – new Wind vanes from Garmin

More info from Garmin here and from us as it develops.


Garmin quatix Recall [Update 1]

Updated: As you can read below – Garmin has issued a recall on the quatix watch. But after speaking with a few International dealers – the situation seems unclear. There is no current replacement watch available – and the International dealers have issues shipping the watches back to Garmin with “defective” batteries.

But no current replacement watch is even worse – that means you can send in your watch now – and then wait until Garmin makes a new watch available. That does not sound good at all. Who knows how long it will be, before a new watch can be shipped.

So the International dealers are waiting for Garmin to update them on how to handle the situation – by letting clients wait for replacement watches before “activating” the recall – or just issue full refunds.

We will keep you posted as we hear more.

[original posting]

Garmin have identified a potential safety issue involving the quatix watch.

Given our longstanding commitment to safety and customer satisfaction, we are voluntarily recalling all quatix watches. The issue involves the battery being too close to the watch housing in some watches, which, when combined with salt water or heavy perspiration, can cause a small burn on the skin under the watch. We have received 1 report of this occurring.

The following serial number ranges are subject to this recall and should be returned for a free replacement. You can find the serial number on the rear casing of the watch.

337000001 through 337009999

37R000001 through 37R009999

You will need a return merchandise authorization (RMA) for a free replacement watch. Please send an email to and include the following information:


Shipping address

Primary phone number

Serial number

Email address

For more information : Garmin quatix Recall

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs unboxing & first looks

From the announcement in November 2012 – until delivery in mid June 2013 -finally I got

Garmin GPSMAP 741xs on boat
Garmin GPSMAP 741xs mounted on boat with Talonsocket and RAM Mount

the Garmin 741xs. So was it worth the wait? And is it better than the Garmin GPSMAP 720/740?

The unit arrived Sunday afternoon – and was installed on the boat 3 hours later with NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 connected, using my test setup with Tallonsocket and a RAM Mount. Continue reading Garmin GPSMAP 741xs unboxing & first looks

New Garmin BlueChart Mobile v1.3 app with quatix and GPSMAP 8000 series support

Garmin has just (finally) released a new version of the iDevice (iPad/iPhone) BlueChart Mobile. The new version is 1.3

The new stuff:

Garmin quatix watch support – you can transfer routes, waypoints and tracks – including the virtual staring line for the quatix watch. Garmin – better late than never….. but that was about time. Now lets see if Garmin Connect support is coming any time soon…..

GPSMAP 8000 series support –

New grouping function – create lists where you can group routes, waypoints, catches and tracks making it easier to organise your data

And finally new vessel icons – to match your ride

More on Garmin quatix

More on GPSMAP 8000 Series

Manuals for Garmins new 8000 series are available for download

Revision A of Garmins 8000 Series (8008,8208,8012,8212, 8015, 8215 & 8500) are now available online.

No mention of the CAN interfaces so far though – but matches up quite well with the Garmin new GPSMAP 700 (721/741) series where the 12 pin sonar connector is not mentioned and the Network port is reserved for “future use”. So it seems like Garmin are keeping some goodies for later.

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Installation Manual

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Operations Manual

The quick start manual is completely garbled – but Garmin might update that – so here is that link as well

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Quick Start Manual

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