Garmin Releases New DSP Profile Update

If you’re new to Fusion marine stereos and audio equipment you may wonder what ‘DSP’ is and how it can improve your experience on the water. Fusion Digital Signal Processing (DSP) optimizes the audio signal delivered to your Fusion system to produce quality sound at all volume levels and environments.  Garmin has preconfigured DSP profiles that make it easy to optimize your sound quality. For example- Helm, Open Air, or Cabin environment settings.

In order to utilize DSP- you will need the free Fusion-Link app and a DSP enabled Fusion stereo. The new Fusion Signature Series marine speakers DSP profiles also require a set of Signature Series speakers. These new DSP profiles can be applied to speakers connected to a Fusion external amplifier or the built-in amplifier of a Fusion DSP-enabled marine stereo. New speaker profiles provide smoother sounds with a flatter curve. New DSP signature speaker profiles also increase bass for a deeper, richer sound.

Fusion DSP setup is completed using the Fusion-Link app by connecting to your Fusion DSP-enabled stereo/speakers via Bluetooth or WiFi. Click here to view a setup video.

Fusion DSP-Enabled Stereos:

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Garmin Force Kraken Trolling Motor Released!

Ideal for saltwater anglers and deep V hulls, the Garmin Force Kraken trolling motor is designed with longer shaft lengths, a pivot mount and Garmin’s most precise anchor lock technology. Hailed at the most powerful trolling motor on the market with 100 lbs. of thrust (ISO 13342), the Kraken is also extremely quiet with the lowest levels of sonar noise from electrical and mechanical interference. The brushless motor is optimized to operate in rough conditions making it ideal for saltwater, brackish and freshwater alike. The included remote allows you to use point and go (using AHRS) and gesture steering.

Garmin has several optional accessories including a Deck Mount Stabilizer allowing for stability while in a stowed position and a Quick Release Plate System that allows you to easily install and uninstall your Kraken.

Controlling your Kraken is simple. Control the Kraken from the included remote, a Foot Pedal or a compatible Garmin smartwatch. The Kraken integrates wirelessly with your Garmin chartplotter. Create routes, patterns and tracks for the Kraken to follow while you fish. This intuitive design makes the Kraken a perfect fishing buddy.

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Garmin Releases GMR xHD3 Series Magnetron Radars with New Scan Averaging Technology

Now Available! Garmin’s newest radar series includes 4kW, 12kW and 25kW magnetron style open array radars with up to a 96nm range (72nm on 4kW models). Each pedestal is available with either a 4-foot, or 6-foot array providing either a 1.8-degree or 1.1-degree horizontal beam width.

New Garmin Scan Averaging technology is now available with the xHD3 magnetron style radars. Scan Averaging filters out sea clutter and interference to enhance the detection and display of consistent targets.

GMR xHD3 radar antennas are high performance and 100-knot commercial wind-rated (4kW requires the GMR Voltage Converter Unit, sold separately).

Tru Echo Trail technology provides a historical ‘trail’ of boats on the water helping you to quickly identify moving targets and potential collision threats. Monitor close range and long-range targets with Dual Range with Overlay. These short- and long-range views can be viewed as a split-screen, side-by-side image on your compatible Garmin chartplotter.

Add a heading sensor, sold separately, and enjoy radar overlay and MARPA target tracking. Track up to 30 targets to help avoid collisions. The convenient guard zone feature establishes a safety zone and alerts you to objects entering the zone.

As you can see- the xHD3 radars provide advanced safety and navigation features that will help make your day on the water the best it can be. Compatible with current Garmin GPSMAP series MFD’s.


Garmin Releases New fenix 7 Pro and epix Pro Gen 2 Series

Garmin has released all new Garmin fenix 7 Pro and epix Pro Gen 2 series multisport watches. The fenix 7 Pro series smartwatches include a solar charging Power Glass lens, while the epix Pro Gen 2 series include a super bright AMOLED display. These new watches feature an LED flashlight- a convenient safety feature for night training. New Pro models also include a next generation (gen 5) heart rate sensor which constantly samples your heart rate to help you gauge how hard you work during activities. Multiple case sizes allow for a custom fit to suit your wrist size and style preferences, while color options are neutral and ideal for every day wear.

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Garmin Marine Update- April 2023 (Q2) Now Available!

Garmin has released the April 2023 (Q2 2023) Marine Software Update. Download this update free of charge from the Garmin ActiveCaptain app or from your computer with Garmin Express software. As a convenience, we also offer software updates on SD card, available for the Garmin GPSMAP Series here and Garmin ECHOMAP Series here.

Want to save the data from a specific area on to an SD card? Now users can save the data within a specified boundary on to an SD card. This makes it quick and easy to share waypoints with a friend or bring your user data to another boat or new chartplotter.

The Q2 update includes user interface improvements for autopilot graphics. These improvements feature a rotating compass and added gradients to improve the overall feel of the autopilot page.

Through an SD card, users can now save system profile settings and import these settings to a new unit. This new feature can be helpful for charter or fleet vessels- or for sharing information and settings with a friend who may like your setup!

Have your Garmin chartplotter connected to a Garmin inReach Communicator? Now send new messages or reply to incoming messages with custom messages drafted directly on your Garmin MFD’s display. This makes it quick and easy to draft custom messages from your large MFD display.

Fusion has made several improvements within this software update. Users can now re-create previously established groups when switching units from off to on. Fusion stereos can now automatically adjust speaker volume as the boat speed increases, making sure you can always hear high quality sound!

Users can now control Mercury autopilots (Auto heading and Route Following) from your Garmin MFD.

Voice Control commands have expanded to include new sonar and radar voice commands including ‘Increase Sonar Gain’ and ‘Start MotionScope Technology’.

We recommend updating the software in your Garmin MFD routinely to keep it running at its best and to ensure compatibility with new features. Check the compatibility list below to see what you can expect from this new update based on the MFD you own.

Special Buy- Garmin GPSMAP 66sr Handheld GPS

Who doesn’t love a deal? The Garmin GPSMAP 66sr Handheld GPS features built-in sensors, U.S. and Canada TopoActive Charts and is on sale with a whopping $150 savings!

Hiking, climbing, hunting, geocaching, kayaking or biking- the GPSMAP 66sr is a great choice. The large 3-inch display showcases detailed Topo maps for the U.S. and Canada that will keep you on course. The preloaded TopoActive charts show terrain contours, elevations, summits, parks, coastlines and more! Multiple satellite system support (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS) provide accurate positioning even in areas with heavy tree cover. ABC sensors include altimeter for elevation data, barometer for weather monitoring and a 3-axis electronic compass. Pair with your compatible smartphone to get real-time forecast information and live weather radar. The GPSMAP 66sr provides advanced features at an incredible price.

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What’s Your Sleep Score?

Want a peek inside The GPS Store, Inc. watercooler talk? What’s your sleep score? This is a topic of discussion in our office, and I suspect in yours as well. We all know sleep is a vital component to any healthy lifestyle, but few of us are actually getting consistent quality sleep. Garmin has made sleep data accessible for almost all through their wide variety of health monitoring features built in to almost all of their wearables. It’s easier than ever to track your sleep, recognize factors that improve it or discourage a good nights rest- straight from your Garmin smartwatch. Click here to read more about Garmin Sleep scores and how yours stacks up.

Garmin Releases New Handheld GPS In Time for Spring!

If you’re planning to hit the trails this spring, now is a great time to check out Garmin handheld GPS options. Garmin has released a few new handheld GPS including the Garmin eTrex SE, GPSMAP 67, GPSMAP 67i.

The Garmin eTrex SE is the simplest unit out of the 3 new models and features an extra long battery life, multi satellite support and compatibility with the Garmin Explore app. Keep your bearings with the digital compass and enjoy automatic cache updates from Geocaching Live. With a retail price under $150- this is an ideal GPS for those seeking a basic, easy-to-use handheld. Shop it here.

The new GPSMAP 67 series includes 2 models, the Garmin GPSMAP 67 which does not provide inReach Satellite Technology, and the Garmin GPSMAP 67i with inReach support (inReach Subscription Required and Sold Separately for inReach functions on the 67i). These more advanced handheld GPS units provide preloaded TopoActive maps and access to satellite imagery via WiFi. If you desire premium map features, create an Outdoor Maps+ subscription (sold separately). Connect to Garmin Explore App to plan, review and sync waypoints. Get real-time forecast information so you can make informed decisions while on the trail! Shop the Garmin GPSMAP 67 here. Shop the Garmin GPSMAP 67i here.

Pre-Season Check-Up

Spring is just around the corner, which means its time for your boat’s Pre-Season Check-Up. Click here for a list of important pre-season checks.

Safety equipment such as EPIRB’s and PLB’s have made tremendous strides in the past year with the addition of ACR Return Link Service (RLS). ACR released the ResQLink AIS PLB-450 with AIS and RLS this year. The first of its kind to offer both AIS, NFC and RLS- the PLB-450 provides peace of mind when you need it. Simple life jacket integration makes this an ideal addition to your safety equipment on board. New ACR EPRIB models include the ACR 2852 Cat II and 2851 Cat I EPIRB. Both feature ACR’s Return Link Service and new Mobile App integration. Now is a great time to assess your safety equipment and add to it if needed!

Looking Forward to Atlantic City!

Our team returned from the Miami Boat Show earlier this week and are preparing for the Atlantic City boat show next week. The Miami show was great and we enjoyed talking to customers from all over. The Atlantic City show runs from March 1-5, 2023 and is located at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased here– keep in mind all ticket sales are online. If you can make it to the Atlantic City show, we will be in booth 407. Come see us!

New Product Alert- Raymarine releases new Raymarine Axiom 2 Pro series. The Raymarine Axiom 2 Pro series follows in the same path as previous customer-loved Axiom series displays but with some new bells and whistles and overall improvements. The new 6-Core Processor provides fast response while the nano-coated displays repels water and features smart backlighting to auto adjust based on day/night conditions. Two available models (RVM or S) and 3 display sizes provide options depending on your application and sonar needs. Give us a call 1-800-477-2611 to discuss models. Our experienced sales team is here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.