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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This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0001-411180). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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.    

Garmin unveils the GMR xHD3 series open-array radars

GMR xHD3 Open Array Radars, Lifestyle Photography

New xHD3 radars are Garmin’s first magnetron models to offer scan averaging, along with enhanced target-size processing and improved true echo trails


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OLATHE, Kan./June 29, 2023/PR Newswire – Garmin (NYSE: GRMN), the world’s most innovative and recognized marine electronics manufacturer, today announced the GMR™ xHD3 series open-array radarsthat combine high-definition imaging with the latest platform technology to deliver new levels of confidence, clarity and performance to cruisers and anglers alike.

A first for Garmin magnetron radar, the xHD3 series incorporates scan averaging that helps filter out sea clutter and interference on the display to provide mariners with enhanced consistent targets. Target size processing utilizes pulse expansion to help optimize on-screen object shapes for better interpretation at all range scales, and true echo trails display a historical “trail” of boats on the water, removing relative motion influence to help quickly identify moving targets and potential collision threats.

“We are excited to build on the foundation of our previous open array radars and bring more premium features that will appeal to mariners of all types. Whether you’re cruising overnight, fishing offshore or just out for the day, Garmin’s new xHD3 open-array radars look far and wide to deliver an incredibly clear picture of what’s out there, maximizing situational awareness and giving you more peace of mind every time you leave the dock.” –Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales

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The sea is calling

Available with 4, 12 or 25kW of power, the new GMR xHD3 radar series boasts a 100-knot wind rating1, bringing commercial-grade weather performance to recreational boaters. The high-performance 4’ or 6’ antennas offer new levels of confidence, clarity and performance for mariners cruising or fishing offshore. The xHD3 series radars have rotation speeds of 24 and 48 rpm for fast redraw rates, with a detection range that extends from 20 meters up to 72 nautical miles (4kW models) or 96 nautical miles (12 and 25kW models).

For fishing enthusiasts, the xHD3 open arrays boast auto bird gain and a bird mode preset feature to help locate flocks of birds at the water’s surface, often an indication of where the fish might be. With its low-noise and reliable operation, anglers can troll the water’s surface without disturbing their targets.

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Garmin updates Fusion EL Series lineup with speakers redesigned to rock the waves

OLATHE, Kan./January 24, 2023 – Garmin (NYSE: GRMN), the world’s most innovative and recognized marine electronics manufacturer, today announced updates to the EL Series 6.5-inch Marine Speakers from Fusion® Entertainment, a Garmin brand. Engineered to deliver a high-quality audio experience at an entry-level price, these speakers now feature a water-resistant, injection-molded polypropylene (IMPP) cone for clean, clear audio reproduction. The IMPP cone comes standard on all EL Series models.

Combining both function and style, the series also adds a sports gray grille option, which was previously only available in an RGB illumination model. All three grilles in this series are easily interchangeable and provide a unique touch to enhance the aesthetics of any boating experience. The EL Series is ideal for installations where mounting depth is limited, with a mounting depth requirement of only 1.69” (43 mm), but still manages to unleash impressive sound quality in a 6.5” speaker.

Keep the beat going year after year

Built to withstand the rigors of a harsh marine environment, the rugged EL Series Marine Speakers are constructed to an IP65 rating for water and dust ingress protection, with a salt fog and UV stable design. Tested to international standards for pressure and water ingress, these speakers are manufactured with superior materials and acoustic engineering to ensure they look and sound great on the water.

Garmin releases 4-zone compact stereo for boat lovers who value a premium audio experience and dash space

Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 6:00 am CST

New Fusion stereo offers additional audio zone, hideaway design and high-fidelity audio streaming

OLATHE, Kan./Jan. 31, 2023/PR Newswire – Garmin(NYSE: GRMN), the world’s most innovative and recognized marine electronics manufacturer, today announced the update of the Fusion-branded Apollo Series with the release of the Apollo WB675 Marine Hideaway Stereo. Designed to maximize valuable dash space, the WB675 hideaway stereo offers a world-class audio entertainment experience and the ability to enjoy premium sound from four separate audio zones.

“Our latest hideaway stereo provides customers even more flexibility and provides the very best on-board audio entertainment possible,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “We made sure to not only maximize dash space with the WB675 but to make our customer’s lives as easy as possible when it comes to streaming their favorite music.”

Amplify the moment with these key features

The WB675 is an advanced marine stereo with cutting-edge technology and features for those who value a premium audio experience while enjoying life on the water. Here are some of the key features of Garmin’s newest hideaway stereo:

  • Customize audio zones — With Multi-Zone Technology, the WB675 provides superior sound in more areas on board your boat. Four separate audio zones can be set up and customized. Take full control of the audio system with integrated Fusion wired remotes and compatible Garmin MFDs or marine-specific wearables.
  • Maximize dash space — Thanks to its compact design, the WB675 can simply be nestled inside the helm console, a glovebox compartment or mounted completely out of sight, providing the most dash space possible.
  • Stream premium high quality audio — The WB675 has the ability to stream lossless audio with Apple AirPlay® 2 software from a compatible Apple device1.

New product, same tech and durability

The WB675 possess innovative technology — Digital Signal Processing (DSP) — that optimizes the audio signal that’s delivered to Fusion entertainment systems, resulting in superior sound quality at all volume levels and in every listening environment.

Designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, the WB675 is rigorously tested against salt fog, UV, humidity and extreme temperatures that can cause mechanical failure, providing peace of mind that the stereo will perform and last in the harsh marine environment. The WB675 is protected by a three-year warranty.

The WB675 is available now with a suggested retail price of $499.99. For more information about products from Fusion, a Garmin brand, 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 Newsroom, email our press team, connect with @garminmarine on social media, or follow our adventures at

1 Compatible on Apple smartphones and tablets and Apple MacBooks with M1 or M2 chips, which require a connection to Wi-Fi enabled Garmin MFD or separate Wi-Fi router.

Raymarine Announces New Products!

Fareham UK, Raymarine has announced an impressive range of new products at BOOT Düsseldorf including the Axiom® 2 Pro range, a powerful line of multifunction chartplotters, the RVM1600 CHIRP sonar module, new LightHouse charts with expanded coverage and the CAM300 day and night IP camera.

Grégoire Outters, General Manager at Raymarine said: “We are returning to BOOT Düsseldorf with an exceptional range of products which offer a complete solution for today’s boaters. Customers are looking for intuitive and easy-to-use onboard navigation systems. We are confident our award-winning range of marine electronics will be extremely well received by visitors to the show.”

Axiom® 2 Pro

The new Axiom 2 Pro is the most powerful Axiom chartplotter ever developed by Raymarine, delivering a fluid and highly intuitive navigation experience. This new all-in-one display, powered by the latest LightHouse 4 operating system, integrates with an advanced Raymarine navigation network that includes radar, autopilot and Lighthouse charts as well as FLIR thermal night vision technology. The upgraded six core processor enables faster chart scrolling, instant response and the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously.

Axiom 2 Pro

The Axiom 2 Pro is developed with Raymarine’s exclusive HydroTough™ coating, which repels water for reliable touchscreen control in all conditions. Users also benefit from customisable keypad controls across all size models including a choice of autopilot control or programmable soft keys. The Axiom 2 Pro S with embedded High CHIRP sonar, is designed for motorboat cruising and sailors.

Designed for anglers, the Axiom 2 Pro RVM model features the all new RealVision® MAX built-in sonar. This premium sonar builds upon already impressive Raymarine technology, allowing users to see deeper, with more clarity than ever before.


The RVM1600 is a remotely mounted sonar solution module for Raymarine’s family of Axiom displays. The RVM1600 embeds RealVision MAX CHIRP sonar technology, delivering more clarity and improved fish imaging. Enthusiast anglers will also appreciate the multi-channel sonar capabilities. DownVision, SideVision, 3D, and conventional CHIRP sonar have all been upgraded with extended range and superior resolution, thanks to new and improved RealVision MAX CHIRP sonar transducers.


Also making a debut is the CAM300 mini day/night IP camera. Equipped with an HD video sensor, the CAM300 transforms the Axiom into a powerful onboard video observation system. This compact camera can be combined with the AR200 sensor, enabling ClearCruise™ Augmented Reality, an impressive user experience which overlays AIS targets, waypoints and chart objects directly on Axiom’s high-definition video display.

New LightHouse charts

Raymarine will also be launching new expanded regional LightHouse charts. Created from official hydrographic chart sources, LightHouse charts offer maximum readability, intuitive navigation, and superior quality. With a premium subscription, boaters have access to an ever-expanding points of interest library, enabling them to quickly find local marinas, fuel berths, restaurants, supermarkets and more. 

Lighthouse Charts

The charts benefit from improved draw speed and are available on preloaded microSD cards. The new regions include Western Europe, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Australia, and New Zealand whilst North America charts have been updated.