Garmin International, Inc. announced Sportsman Boats has selected Garmin to be the exclusive electronics supplier to outfit its full line of center console and bay boats ranging from 20 to 31-feet, beginning model year 2019. Sportsman builds a growing line of family-friendly center console boats and will offer Garmin electronics standard on each of its 17 models, including the Open and Heritage series of offshore center consoles and Masters and Tournament series inshore bay boats.
“It’s an honor to be chosen as the exclusive marine electronics supplier for Sportsman Boats,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Garmin provides the perfect combination of leading technology and user friendliness, and we’re confident that having Garmin onboard will further enhance Sportsman’s reputation for delivering a fleet of high-quality, family- friendly boats designed with the customer in mind.”
Sportsman will be factory-installing electronics packages that offer leading-edge technology customers can expect from Garmin, including a range of GPSMAP chartplotters and multi- function displays (MFDs) ranging from 9- to 17-inches, all with preloaded BlueChart g2 charts and LakeVü HD maps for the U.S. and powerful built-in sonar capabilities. Each Garmin display offers full networking capabilities, so customers can customize their electronics package with a host of options, including radar, autopilot, VHF radio and satellite weather and audio. All chartplotters and MFDs offered by Sportsman also feature built-in Wi-FiTM that enables the unit to pair with the free Garmin ActiveCaptainTM app for access to cartography, automatic delivery of the latest software available, off-vessel planning capabilities, connected services and so much more.
“Garmin’s incredible reputation is unmatched and if you’ve owned a boat in the past, more than likely, you’ve owned a Garmin product. This level of familiarity, combined with the intuitive user interface and superior reliability, will certainly enhance our customer’s boating experience. We are excited to offer Garmin as part of our SportLinkTM Electronics Integration System for model year 2019,” said Richie Rodgers, Sportsman Boats director of sales and marketing. “We have many customers on their second and third Sportsman Boat and that’s because they trust our brand and they trust that we will only install premium components in our boats. We know that this will be a welcomed addition for our dealers and potential buyers alike.”