Garmin demos: GPSMAP 8600, ForwardVu, Fantom, Virb XE, Quatix3 & more

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

8 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The data overlays on the video are really cool. On my wish list would be to allow the VIRB to connect via UDP / TCP to any NMEA 0183 / NMEA 2000 served data via Wifi connection. Would allow Garmin to sell more units!

  2. Itzmann says:

    The radar zoom-in with the “Stop Pointing” button can be emulated on B&G Zeus/Zeus2 only if you are on chart mode with radar overlay. The traditional radar screen does not allow the Garmin function you demonstrated.
    Panoptix can detect a manatee? I’m not saying that B&G ScanForward can’t, because it has detected similar objects, but not in any sort of useful form. ScanForward will typically not show such a small and moving object… and then show it, and then not show it… Meaning, that if you already know it is there, you can spot it on ScanForward and claim you saw the manatee. But the truth is that if you did not know the manatee was there, and you only saw an intermittent shadow, you’d be more likely to attribute it to a temporary false return, which ScanForward is prone to.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Panoptix is very different sonar tech from ForwardScan. A manatee within the 30 degree wide beam of the PS21 should show as a big red target at a fair distance, like maybe 150 feet if the depth isn’t too shallow. I’m only guessing but I have seen cast lures (and fish) show well in Panoptix during various demos.

  4. Michael says:

    But Ben, do we (does anyone) really need a $7500 MFD? Does it add that much value over a $1000 PC?
    And, as with all networked instruments, I would worry about one crash bringing down the whole system. I really like having separate information sources. Sure, there have been times (a few) when I wished I could overlay my radar display on the chart, but I can live without that. And I am not locked into any manufacturer’s charts.

  5. Anonymous says:

    $1000 computers don’t work in the sun or out in a center console open boat. The cheapest daylight visible monitors are over $2k and a laptop is $3500-4500.
    Single device failure is an issue, but I think that anyone concerned about it could easily add a secondary standalone 7-9″ backup plotter.
    A 7″ Furuno 1870 is an awesome plotter/GPS/sounder that can be used as a backup for $700 or less.

  6. Jean H Daugherty says:

    Given that they survived the first few weeks after installation, internal failure of recent Marine Electronics seems rarer than a blue screen of death on a PC!
    Most onboard problems arise from connections outside the box, which would be equally onerous to PC’s, stereos, and gasgets plugged into cigarette lighter outlets.

  7. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    April Fools no more, nearly all the key features of the PopGuard MFD from a 2011 April fools Panbo entry, such as a touch screen MFD that can work with software already installed in devices you already own, without having to actually install the software in the MFD, is achieved and surpassed by Garmin in 2016. To do this in five years is really incredible when you think back to how slowly MFD’s were evolving at that time.

  8. Garmin Quickdraw Contours can use a whole range of transducers, some only show right beneath you, some (Panoptix) show a whole swatch of the bottom. According to my Garmin rep, the width of the swath that QD Contours draws on the chart matches the width of the beam on the bottom. Does it?
    How good are those contours in the part away from the boat track? “You can see that Quickdraw Contours presumes water depths right over charted piers and other objects” — I take that to mean that it did NOT measure the depth to the side of the boat. Or would that need the 3D system?
    Bill Bishop likes it. See his blog comments here:

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