Garmin Marine has just unveiled the highest resolution and largest sized chartplotters on the market.
In a press release, the company announced the launch of a flagship GPSMAP 9000 chartplotter series, which will offer 4k resolution screens in sizes as big as 27". The units will feature a new processor that is 7x faster than the previous generations. Garmin Marine has been extremely active in recent months having just acquired a huge portion of the marie audio market with the purchase of JL Audio.
Now the industry leaders will turn their attention back to their bread and butter, while consumers will undoubtedly be keen to increase their boat's capability and functionality.
"For decades, mariners have been relying on Garmin's GPSMAPs to help them navigate waters all over the world. Building on that success, we're thrilled to unveil the 9000 series with bigger, best-in-class displays, lightning-fast processing speeds and the ultimate connected boating experience on the new Garmin BlueNet network," said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales.
The new touchscreen chartplotters will be the largest in recreational boating and will be available in 19", 22", 24" and 27" sizes. Prices are expected to start at $9,999 USD and availability is expected to begin in October 2023.
The new GPSMAP 9000 series will work with Garmin's BlueNet gigabit network which provides connectivity throughout an entire boat, thus allowing medium to large sized vessels to connect multiple devices including radar, sonar, chartplotters, audio systems, navigational sensors, and more. The high-threshold data system also gives users the ability to stream audio and video across multiple screens and/or speakers without any lag time or interference.
Each MFD can be flat or flush mounted to fit nearly any helm design. The plane switching (IPS) touchscreen displays provide consistent, accurate colors that can be seen from all viewing angles, even with polarized sunglasses. And for the first time, anglers can see fish and sonar targets in 4K high definition by adding a Garmin GSD™ sonar module, Panoptix™ transducer, or LiveScope™ sonar (transducers sold separately).
All new GPSMAP 9000 units will come with the Garmin Navionics+ system.
One of its neatest features is the ability to synch the chartplotter with compatible Garmin smartwatches, which will allow users to control functions on the boat from their rest anywhere on the boat. The chartplotter can also be controlled with voice commands using an optional headset.
You can get a complete walkthrough of the GPSMAP 9000 system and its functions in the video below: