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New Garmin 7" Touchscreen Model at Reasonable Pricing

In the past if you wanted a Garmin marine chart plotter - sounder you either got one of their 5" models for ~$1000.00 or less or you jumped into their larger class (4000 & 5000 series) starting in the $2500.00 range (4208, GSD22 & ducer) and going up to $4500.00 for a touchscreen 5212 with sounder and ducer. There was nothing in between. So people that wanted units in the midrange screen size and price had to look elsewhere, like Lowrance or Hummingbird. Now Garmin has just introduced their new 7" touchscreen lineup the 740 (no sounder) and the 740S (sounder) and the retail pricing for the sounder model starts at less than $1700.00. These units are due out the 2nd quarter of this year. Here's what Garmin says about them:

GPSMAP 740 is a stand-alone touchscreen chartplotter that brings a new level of functionality to your vessel. Featuring a brilliant 7-inch display, GPSMAP 740 puts all the information you need right at your fingertips. GPSMAP 740 is preloaded with U.S. coastal maps. In addition, GPSMAP 740 accepts radar input and offers full NMEA 2000® connectivity for greater convenience when adding extra sensors.

Explore the Seas
GPSMAP 740 contains preloaded map data for all U.S. coastal areas, including Alaska and Hawaii, plus Explorer Charts for the Bahamas. GPSMAP 740 also features an internal, high-sensitivity GPS receiver for superior satellite tracking and quicker acquisition times. And as an added benefit, GPSMAP 740 can receive graphical weather data for North America through the optional GXM™ 51 satellite receiver/antenna.

Take Control by Touch
Input is easy with GPSMAP 740. Whether you're changing course or simply reviewing information in front of you, the intuitive touchscreen interface makes for simple operation. The device also offers flexible brightness levels for daytime readability along with low-light dimming during night use. And with a widescreen display that's rugged and waterproof, it's made to perform in any situation.

Expand with Radar
Featuring a built-in radar port, GPSMAP 740 can be interfaced with Garmin's line of affordable GMR™ marine radar systems. Whether you're adding radar now or in the future, you'll enjoy the convenience of "plug-and-play installation" as well as the power, range and high-definition targeting of our proven radar offerings.

Add Sonar with GPSMAP 740s
GPSMAP 740s comes standard with a 1kW-capable sonar transceiver. This powerful sonar can help you define fish targets and underwater structures as far down as 2,000 feet when used with a 1kW transducer¹.

Add Extras with BlueChart g2 Vision
With the optional BlueChart® g2 Vision SD™ card, you can add a whole new dimension of exceptional features to your chartplotter.
o MarinerEye view and FishEye view provide you a 3-dimensional perspective of map information, both above and below the waterline.
o High-resolution satellite images and aerial photographs help you orient yourself in unfamiliar areas.
o Auto Guidance technology searches through all relevant charts to create a route you can actually follow - one that avoids obstacles, shallow water, buoys and other obstructions.
¹Depth capacity is dependent on water salinity, bottom type and other water conditions (with 1 kW transducer).
 

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Looks awesome. I have a 4208 system so I'm not going to switch. But if someone were looking to get a Garmin, this would be an awesome choice.
 

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sweet lets us know capt john when you have some feedback on this unit. This will be the GPS i buy this summer when i get my new boat. awesome i was hoping they would come out with an in between unit.
 

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I don't know of a marine GPS that will interface with Google earth. That doesn't mean there are none, I am just not aware of any. You can interface their charting software (Mapsource - HomePort) with Google Earth.
 

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I don't know of a marine GPS that will interface with Google earth. That doesn't mean there are none, I am just not aware of any. You can interface their charting software (Mapsource - HomePort) with Google Earth.
The G2 vision card has some aerial overlays but when you zoom in to detail levels we use it goes away and you see the basemap. Right now google earth has Texas general land office aerials dated Dec 31st 08 and they are awesome.You can see grasslines, guts and all sorts of details a basemap just doesn't have...seems garmin and others are way behind the technology curve when my iphone can see them but my expensive garmin can't.
 

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The G2 vision card has some aerial overlays but when you zoom in to detail levels we use it goes away and you see the basemap. Right now google earth has Texas general land office aerials dated Dec 31st 08 and they are awesome.You can see grasslines, guts and all sorts of details a basemap just doesn't have...seems garmin and others are way behind the technology curve when my iphone can see them but my expensive garmin can't.
Thats what I'm getting at. My I-Phone is better than my Garmin.

The Garmins are great, but I want a 7" screen I-Phone gimble mounted in my boat.

Hey Garmin, wake up!
 
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