Three-In-One GPS From Garmin

Garmin GPS claims all-in-one solution for navigation on land and sea – but at a price

A portable touchscreen GPS navigator from Garmin accepts marine charts, and can also utilise street and topographic maps, but comes with a $1,200 price tag.

The GPSMAP 620 comes with a worldwide basemap and accepts optional comprehensive street maps, topographic maps and BlueChart g2 charts.

It features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and a waterproof (IPX7) super-bright 5.2-inch WVGA touchscreen display (800 x 480 pixels) that reacts as users tap or drag through intuitive menus and options. When placed in its included marine mount and being used with the optional BlueChart g2 cartography, these new portables will automatically start up in marine mode, presenting chart features such as shaded depth contours, port plans, wrecks, restricted areas and more.

With optional BlueChart g2 Vision technology, the unit provides a true 3-D “mariner’s eye view,” for a navigation perspective above the waterline, and a “fish eye view” for an underwater 3D bathymetric contour perspective.
Mariners will also benefit from the auto guidance technology the g2 Vision data card provides, which suggests the best navigational route on the market, says Garmin. In addition, photo references give detail aerial views of points of interest (POI) such as ports, marinas, waterways and landmarks.

When boaters are ready to pack up and hit the road, the GPSMAP 620 snaps off its marine mount. When placed in the automotive mount, and transitions into an automotive navigator. When used with optional City Navigator or TOPO Australia, on the road, this device gives voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, advising you to “Turn right on Main Street.”

In planning a route, users can search for a local bait shop or the best resorts around town and the GPSMAP will lead the way. With the GPSMAP 620, users can also create custom points of interest and set up proximity alerts for the ultimate in driver awareness.