Wednesday, 12 July 2023, 6:00 am CDT

Sportsman Boats selects Garmin as exclusive marine audio supplier

All Sportsman boats will come standard with Fusion audio packages from Garmin

OLATHE, Kan./July 12, 2023/PR Newswire — Garmin (NYSE: GRMN), the world’s most innovative and recognized marine electronics manufacturer, announced today that Sportsman Boats will install Fusion® Entertainment marine audio packages as the standard-fit for its full line of offshore center consoles and inshore bay boats beginning model year 2024. In addition to Garmin marine electronics, Sportsman will exclusively offer Fusion audio packages that include stereos, speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers on each of the 16 models across its Open, Heritage and Masters series.

“With a full suite of Garmin marine electronics already onboard Sportsman Boats, the addition of Fusion audio entertainment products will bring a new level of sound quality and seamless integration to Sportsman’s customers. It’s an honor to expand our relationship with Sportsman into the 2024 model year and we look forward to providing our mutual customers the best on-the-water experience for many years to come.” –Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales

“We are excited to announce our collaboration with Garmin, which will bring our customers an enhanced experience while they are out on the water. By combining the best electronics package available in the market with Fusion’s outstanding audio quality, our boat owners will enjoy unmatched convenience, seamless integration and exceptional sound performance. Garmin aligns with our mission of providing top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art features, ensuring that every moment spent on the water is truly unforgettable.” –Russ Tomlinson, Vice President of Sportsman Boats

Equipped with a full suite of Garmin electronics and audio packages that include Fusion RA670 and RA770 stereos, XS and Signature Series 3i speakers, and high-powered Apollo amplifiers, Sportsman customers will benefit from the exclusive advantage of Fusion-Link entertainment control onboard their boats. The free Fusion-Link app for compatible Apple and Android devices allows users to control sound volume, song choice, source selection and more through the custom Sportsman “SportTuun” profile at the touch of a button in and around their boat. Beyond seamless integration, Fusion audio products are engineered and tested with Fusion True-Marine design and durability standards to ensure they can withstand any condition while maintaining a sleek design and stunning sound performance.

To view the full line of Garmin’s Fusion audio products, visit

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for anglers, sailors, mariners and boat enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing the most innovative, highest quality, and easiest to use marine electronics the industry has ever known, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For the eighth consecutive year, Garmin was recently named the Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Other Garmin marine brands include Navionics®. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual Newsroomemail our press team, connect with @garminmarine on social media, or follow our adventures at


About Garmin International, Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, Fusion and Navionics are registered trademarks and Apollo, Fusion-Link and True-Marine are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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Raymarine Announces Full Integration with Rhodan

Hudson, N.H. – Raymarine, global leaders in high-performance marine electronics for the recreational boating, marine first responder, and law enforcement markets, announced today its line of Axiom chartplotters are now completely integrated with Rhodan’s full line of trolling motors. Designed for boats ranging from a small skiff to a 42-foot center console, Rhodan trolling motors range in size from 12v up to 36v in a range of shaft lengths up to 108 inches.

“Raymarine Axiom 2 Pro and XL, which were built specifically for the saltwater angler, offers the most extensive and easy-to-use Rhodan trolling motor control available,” said Jamie Dery, Vice President – Americas, Raymarine. “Working closely with Rhodan engineers, we have integrated their controls into the Axiom side bar delivering full trolling motor control directly from the display and providing a seamless transition between trolling motor and our Evolution autopilot. This functionality is going to be a great addition for our loyal customers, expanding options in equipment selection and making their boating experience even more enjoyable.”

“Rhodan’s GPS Anchor is a key feature for saltwater fishing,” said Kyle Hagen, Vice President of Rhodan Marine Systems. “With Raymarine and Rhodan you can maintain position over your favorite fishing spot or structure and enjoy precision touch screen motor control when fishing a drift. We are confident that anglers of all levels of experience are going to love this winning combination.”

In Manual Mode anglers can control their trolling motor from their Axiom just as they would from the Rhodan key fob. They can increase and decrease thrust, including reverse and adjust the motor’s direction, which is clearly shown on the display. With Hold Heading Mode, users can maintain a heading and adjust it in 1-degree increments. In this mode, users can also increase thrust up and down, or dial in a specific speed, which is extremely valuable for anglers wanting to precisely control the boat’s speed.

The Anchor Here feature locks the boat on a particular spot using Rhodan’s HD GPS technology. The motor automatically compensates for wind and current to hold the boat on station. The precision of this control is such that pressing any of the directional controls adjusts the boat’s virtual anchor point in five-foot increments, the perfect solution for hovering over a favorite fishing spot without needing to drop anchor.

Finally, in Navigation Mode, users can navigate to a single waypoint or follow a route of sequential waypoints. The boat’s speed of advance can be controlled by dialing in an exact speed or thrust level. Upon reaching the destination, the trolling motor will automatically move into anchor mode to hold the boat at that spot.

Autopilot-equipped boats also enjoy a seamless navigation experience when they transition from trolling motor to traditional autopilot and back. Raymarine’s integration with Rhodan can automatically detect whether the trolling motor is stowed or deployed, enabling Axiom to steer the trolling motor when it is active, and then control a Raymarine Evolution autopilot when the Rhodan motor is stowed. This powerful combination makes the Raymarine-Rhodan solution easier to use than any other saltwater system on the market today.

Raymarine and Rhodan are demonstrating the Axiom integration at the 2023 ICAST trade show. Rhodan integration with Axiom will be available in the fall of 2023, with the forthcoming release of LightHouse 4.5, the operating system for all Raymarine Axiom chartplotters.

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Garmin announces advanced boat control integration with Power-Pole shallow water anchors

OLATHE, Kan./July 6, 2023/PR Newswire — Garmin (NYSE: GRMN), the world’s most innovative and recognized marine electronics manufacturer, today announced expanded system integration with Power-Pole®, the industry leader in shallow water anchors, to offer anglers a remarkably advanced and more automated boat control experience when fishing in shallow water. 

“We are excited to build on our existing Power-Pole functionality that allows anglers to stow and deploy their Power-Pole anchors from their Garmin chartplotter. The new features integrate trolling motor and shallow water anchor equipment to automate boat control so anglers can spend more time fishing and less time positioning their boat.” –Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales

Coupled with an award-winning Garmin Force® trolling motor or new Force Kraken, anglers with a compatible Garmin chartplotter and a dual Power-Pole anchor setup can take advantage of the advanced anchor system integration to access new boat control features, including:

Smart Anchor – The smart anchor feature enables the chartplotter to detect current water depth and decide whether to use the Force trolling motor’s anchor lock capability – or automatically deploy the Power-Pole anchors into shallow water – to help hold the boat’s position over fishing hotspots.

Smart Anchor Jog – When using the trolling motor to jog, the Power-Pole anchors will automatically stow, and the trolling motor will jog to a new position. Smart anchor selection will occur at the new anchor position, and the Power-Pole anchors will either redeploy to hold the angler’s position or the Force anchor lock feature will engage.

Drag Detection – If winds, waves or strong currents cause the Power-Pole anchors to drag, the paired chartplotter can detect the movement and stow the Power-Pole anchors, allowing the trolling motor to maneuver the boat back to the originally selected anchoring position, where the Power-Pole anchors will automatically redeploy.  

End of Route – When using the Force trolling motor’s auto routing capability1 to follow select pathways, this feature engages the smart anchor mode when the angler has reached the end of their route. The Power-Pole anchors will automatically deploy if the water is shallow enough for anchoring, or in deeper water, the Force anchor lock capability will engage.