Garmin Announces New Marine Charts: More Details at a Lower Price

Monday, November 17, 2008 4:00 pm CST
OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today the next generation of its BlueChart® g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision™ technology – giving boaters even more dimension and information to what is already considered the benchmark in marine cartography.

“Garmin’s software developers and cartographers have created the most accurate and detailed charts available to provide boaters with greater capabilities on the water,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “The new chart enhancements offer a lower cost chart alternative for mariners, yet provide the detailed data content mariners need and expect.”

Beginning January 2009, Garmin’s traditional BlueChart data will be replaced with a redefined version of BlueChart g2. Building on the popularity of the BlueChart product family, the revised mapping data will add increased dimension and standardized information to the Garmin marine chart offerings, and will allow the user to define colors to depth contour ranges. Users will also benefit from improved transition between zoom levels and seamless changes across chart boundaries with the redesigned product.

BlueChart g2 will now provide basic charts, tidal stations, currents, perspective view and fishing charts, while providing a smooth user experience and familiar feel. Similarly, g2 Vision has been improved to provide increased quality and detail. In addition to high-resolution satellite imagery, g2 Vision features true “mariner’s eye view” above water or a “fish eye” underwater perspective – both in three dimensions. The g2 Vision data card also enables auto guidance technology on compatible units, and offers a growing database of aerial reference photos.

The new BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision data will be available in January 2009. Visit for more information, including details about compatible products and pricing.