Garmin Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar, GPSmap 7×16, and BlueChart Mobile 2.0

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.

15 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    And I just heard this morning that Raymarine is introducing “new CP570 Professional CHIRP sonar, CP470 CHIRP sonar and CP370 digital sonar” while FLIR has new “M400 stabilized multi-sensor” and “handheld Ocean Scout” thermal cameras… many of which I may get to see in action today. Yeehaa!

  2. Rob says:

    Any chance of BlueChart Mobile for Android? Been waiting on this a long time.

  3. Ryota says:

    Hi Ben,
    I am a dedicated fan of your blog.
    I am living in Tokyo JAPAN.
    Garmin GPS Fishfinder/sounder is not so popular in Japan comparing to US since a local agent has not promoted them. So I have been reading your blog to get the latest news in US.
    This new sonar is fascinating. I wish I could have one on my boat.
    Would you ask Gamin if they will sell it in Japan?

  4. Sparky says:

    Hi Ben
    re: BCM.
    Latest version’s waypoint and route creation has improved. I particularly found “snap to waypoint” useful when creating a route from existing waypoints.
    That said, there are still a few issues I’d like Garmin to address in BCM 2.0. Maybe you could bring this up @ MIBS?
    1. Foremost. Provide the ability to import/export all the waypoint/route data in a standard format usable on non Garmin products. I believe that means GPX and I think that also means email. This issue is a showstopper for me.
    2. Zooming in and out to force display of navaids continues to be a pain.
    3. Provide an easy way to create a waypoint from a highlighted navaid, using the navaid’s coordinates.
    4. Provide a way to easily adjust/correct waypoint position.
    5. Provide a way to examine route leg distance and bearing BOTH in the forward AND reverse direction.
    6. Offer a sail/power operating mode choice. As a sailor, I just don’t care about any of the fuel consumption information. Its clutter for me.
    Garmin has all this feedback now for over a year.

  5. YC says:

    Hi Ryota,
    In the upcoming 2015 Japan Boat Show (Yokohama) from March-5th, Garmin will exhibit Panoptix during the show. Please come take a look and ask any question you have.
    We look forward to your visit.

  6. Ryota says:

    Hi YC,
    Thank you for the info.
    Looking at the Japan Boat Show 2015 web site, I can not find the name of GARMIN. What booth do you present the equipments there?
    Please advise.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I just added some Panoptix demo images and commentary. It’s pretty amazing.
    I also appreciated a demo of the weather improvements and streaming coming to BlueChart Mobile 2.0. You can even mind some weather elements on the iPad screen while choosing other ones on the MFD.

  8. Craig Burrowes says:

    I’ve got GPS 800/1000 SideVu/DownVu and I love it and I hope they come up fit up to it as it would be great

  9. Vince says:

    Just wondering, how deep does the Panoptix work? I normally fish in 25-65 feet of water. Is it useless at these depths?

  10. Carl says:

    Hi Ben
    I am a small boat operator and looking to upgrade my electronics. Garmins’ website shows backward compatibility of their Panoptix ducers with their echoMAP 70dv (discontinued) but not with the newer version echoMAP 73dv. What happened to the 70dv? Were their problems with the touchscreen? The real world price on the touchscreen 70dv has been all over the place and now the price is increasing rapidly and the unit is hard to find! Your blog is great for an old dog wading into the new world of gizmos.

  11. Mercer says:

    ??Why not combine Panoptix with the Interphase use their through hull transducers .. use some of their software… Clearly there must have been a reason to purchase Interphase’s technology…

  12. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The Garmin Blue Chart Mobile 2.0 update is out and looking good (so far, haven’t tried the weather to MFD streaming yet):

  13. LEHENSON says:

    Anyone want to assist/invest in a similar design we’re working on? For GROUND seeking of gold, copper, lead, water etc.? Also if aimed at buildings, produces same type of 3D visible results???
    Contact [email protected]
    Subject line: Detector
    Great, yet still primitive. Finally, 1975 Technology coming in use, for the general PUBLIC to use.

  14. Jim A says:

    Hi Ben,
    What are your thoughts on Panoptix using the thru hull transducer in 100′-500′ of water for BBFT. I cant seem to get a refence from anyone in the north of Boston market so Im reach out.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  15. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sorry, Jim, but I have no idea what BBFT is. However, I suspect that the depths involved are a bit much for the current Panoptix generation. Then again a reliable source told me about an amazing scene with the thru-hull version and some very good free diving spear fishermen. Apparently he was marking large fish as deep as 100 feet and then watching them get hunted and brought back to the boat on the screen. This video suggests the possibilities but I believe there is more stunning evidence some where:

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