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Marine GPS Handhelds and Chartplotters

Want to take to the waters in a dinghy, sailing boat, RIB or yacht around the UK and Ireland or further afield? You need to buy a marine GPS device. Here at ActiveGPS we sell a variety of models to suit all requirements and all budgets. From handheld devices without maps/charts right up to chartplotters with preloaded BlueChart g2 marine charts.

For further help on deciding the best marine chartplotter/handheld device to buy for your needs or maybe as a gift for somebody else, please see the buying guide below, FAQs webpage or phone 01733 777623 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm) outside of these hours please e-mail us.

All prices shown below are inclusive of VAT, the price however does not include our delivery charge. A delivery charge is added within our online basket/checkout process. Options available include guaranteed next working day as well as slower economy options.

Garmin GPSMAP 7407xsv

£1499.99

‣7-inch touchscreen with multitouch
‣Worldwide Basemap
‣Includes sonar; Garmin DownVu and SideVu tracking
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

Garmin GPSMAP 7407xsv

Garmin GPSMAP 7407

£1329.99

‣7-inch touchscreen with multitouch
‣Worldwide Basemap
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣5,000 waypoints
‣5,000 waypoints
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

Garmin GPSMAP 7407

Garmin GPSMAP 751xs

£1099.99

‣7-inch multitouch screen
‣Includes sounder - Requires a trasducer (sold separately)
‣Split view function
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣3,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

Garmin GPSMAP 751xs

Garmin GPSMAP 751

£999.99

‣7-inch touchscreen with multitouch
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣3,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

GPSMAP 751 / 751xs

Garmin GPSMAP 557xs

£729.99

‣5-inch colour display
‣Includes sounder - Requires a transducer (sold separately)
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣5,000 waypoints

Garmin GPSMAP 557xs

Garmin GPSMAP 557

£634.99

‣5-inch colour display
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣WiFi and Bluetooth enabled
‣NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
‣5,000 waypoints

Garmin GPSMAP 557

Garmin echoMAP 75sv

£759.99

‣7-inch colour display
‣DownVU and SideVu Garmin sonar
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣5Hz internal GPS antenna
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Bail or Flush Mount

Garmin echoMAP 75dv

Garmin echoMAP 70dv

£1049.99

‣7-inch multitouch screen
‣HD-ID Sonar and DownVu - Includes Transducer
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

Garmin echoMAP 70dv

Garmin echoMAP 70s

£899.99

‣7-inch multitouch screen
‣HD-ID Sonar - see the waters below to catch fish
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

Garmin echoMAP 70s

Garmin echoMAP 55dv

£449.99

‣5-inch colour display
‣Garmin DownVu for view of water below
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣5Hz internal GPS antenna
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣DownVu feature
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Bail or Flush Mount

Garmin echoMAP 55dv

Garmin echoMAP 50dv

£599.99

‣5-inch colour display
‣HD-ID Sonar and DownVu - Includes Transducer
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

Garmin echoMAP 50dv

Garmin echoMAP 50s

£479.99

‣5-inch colour display
‣HD-ID Sonar - see the waters below to catch fish
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Excellent visibility in bright sunlight
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Radar compatibility

Garmin echoMAP 50s

Garmin echoMAP 45dv

£299.99

‣4.3-inch colour display
‣BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣5Hz internal GPS antenna
‣NMEA 0183 compatible
‣DownVu feature
‣5,000 waypoints
‣Bail or Flush Mount

Garmin echoMAP 45dv

Garmin GPS 158i with GA38 Antenna

£223.99

‣5-inch FSTN greyscale display
‣Compass, speed, position
‣Worldwide basemap preloaded
‣Compatible NMEA 0183
‣3,000 waypoints
‣Includes GA 38 antenna

GPS 158i
GPS 158 accessories

Garmin GPS 158i without GA38

£213.99

‣5-inch FSTN greyscale display
‣Compass, speed, position
‣Worldwide basemap preloaded
‣Compatible NMEA 0183
‣3,000 waypoints
‣Optional GA 38 antenna

GPS 158i
GPS 158 accessories

Garmin Montana 600 Marine Bundle

£369.99

‣4-inch touchscreen display
BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣Compass and altimeter
‣22 hour battery life
‣3GB internal memory
‣Optional mapping via microSD card

Montana 600 Marine Bundle
Montana 600 accessories
Montana 600 maps

Garmin GPSMAP 78s Marine Bundle

£329.99

‣2.6-inch colour display
‣Compass and altimeter
‣Includes BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland
‣20 hour battery life
‣1.7GB internal memory
‣Optional mapping

Garmin GPSMAP 78s
GPSMAP 78s accessories
GPSMAP 78s maps

Garmin GPSMAP 78s

£249.99

‣2.6-inch colour display
‣Compass and altimeter
‣Floats on water
‣20 hour battery life
‣1.7GB internal memory
‣Optional mapping via microSD card

Garmin GPSMAP 78s
GPSMAP 78s accessories
GPSMAP 78s maps

Garmin GPSMAP 78

£209.99

‣2.6-inch colour display
‣Floats on water
‣20 hour battery life
‣1.7GB internal memory
‣Optional mapping via microSD card

Garmin GPSMAP 78
GPSMAP 78 accessories
GPSMAP 78 maps

Garmin GPS 72H

£126.99

‣Clear LCD display
‣Floats on water
‣18 hour battery life
‣Robust and lightweight

GPS 72H / 72H Bundle

Garmin Tactix

£339.99

‣GPS navigational watch with LCD monochrome screen
‣Altimeter, barometer and compass
‣Waterproof up to 50 meters
‣50 hours battery life
‣Supports ANT+ and Bluetooth technology

Garmin Tactix

Garmin Swim

£129.99

‣Black and white LCD display
‣Number of laps, track lengths, distance, pace, stroke count
‣Water resistant to 50 metres
‣18 hour battery life

Garmin Swim

Garmin Foretrex 401

£137.84

‣Black and white LCD display
‣Wrist mounted GPS
‣Compass and altimeter
‣17 hour battery life

Garmin Foretrex 401

Garmin Foretrex 301

£112.54

‣Black and white LCD display
‣Wrist mounted GPS
‣18 hour battery life

Garmin Foretrex 301

SPOT Gen3

£149.99

‣Send messages to friends and family
‣Waterproof to IPX7 standards
‣Motion detection conserves battery power
‣Sends GPS tracking position up to every 2.5 minutes
‣Viewable on a Google maps
‣Subscription charges apply

SPOT 3 GPS Messenger

Marine GPS Handhelds and Chartplotter Buying Guide

So you're looking to buy a GPS device to take to coastal waters around (or part of) the UK or another country?

The first consideration is what kind of GPS chartploter you'd like to buy - handheld or standalone chartplotter.


Handheld chartplotting devices

Handheld GPS systems by their very nature provide you with essential information in the palm of your hand. Devices like the GPS 72H (greyscale display) and the GPSMAP 78/78s (colour display) both provide you with your speed, distance and bearing from you last plotted waypoint. What's more these devices are waterproof and designed to actually float on water!

The entry-level GPS 72H is limited to only being able to display statistical data about your nautical route. Whereas the GPSMAP 78 and 78s (78s model includes 3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter) can in addition be loaded with digital marine charts - named Garmin BlueChart.

If the sound of digital marine charts is appealing then the top-of-the-range Montana 600 UK Marine Bundle is the unit to buy! This special bundle pack brings together the 4-inch handheld device and the large UK and Ireland g2 BlueChart marine chart, saving you a substantial sum of money, when buying the two separately.


Standalone Chartplotter devices

A dedicated marine chartplotter device are designed for life at sea. All of the dedicated chartplotter models (with the exception of the GPS 158i) include preloaded Garmin BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland enabling you take straight to water with marine cartography, tidal stations, currents, depth contours, IALA symbols, 3-D map perspective "over the bow" fishing charts and more.

The latest chartplotters are the GPSMAP 7407 and GPSMAP 751 and both feature 7-inch sreens. These newer models also feature Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

Some standalone chartplotters also have the ability to add sonar and some include a sonar. Sonar helps to measure the depth of water and can also be used as a fish finder. If you'd like to add this feature then you'll need to be looking at model numbers ending with an 's' such as the 451s and 750s. Where the 's' stands for sounder. The models ending in DV (Garmin Down Vu) also provide a view below the water. Please note however that the sounders sonar capabilities will not work without buying/adding a transducer. There are three types of transducer which are transom (for outboard powerered motor boats), in-hull (for single skin fibre glass boats) and through-hull (for wooden and steel boats). If you are unclear what transducer to buy, please call us to discuss these further.

All chartplotters offer NMEA connectivity so you can connect your chartplotter to the boat and receive data such as fuel gauge, VHF and autopilot, etc. on the device.


Garmin Marine Charts

Once you've decided which model to buy, you may (depending on model and your requirements) wish to purchase additonal marine charts.

Garmin marine charts are called BlueChart g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision and provide the same marine cartography charts, the difference is g2 Vision version offers additional information such as auto guidance and aerial photos of ports and marinas. To read more about either version please see BlueChart g2 charts and BlueChart g2 Vision charts. Please note: g2 Vision features such as aerial photos aren't compatible on all Garmin handheld GPS units, please see the compatibility below.


Garmin BlueChart Compatibility

BlueChart g2 maps are compatible with the following Garmin handhelds and marine ChartPlotters:

Garmin Montana range, Oregon range, Dakota 20, eTrex 20/30, Vista HCx/Legend HCx, GPSMAP 60Cx/CSx, 62s/62sc/62st/62stc, 76Cx/CSx, 78/78s, nuvi 550, echoMAP 50s/70s, GPSMAP 400, 500, 600, 700, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 series.


BlueChart g2 Vision maps are compatible with the following Garmin marine ChartPlotters:

Garmin GPSMAP 400, 500, 600, 700, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 series.

Garmin Montana range, Oregon range, Dakota 20, eTrex 20/30, Vista HCx/Legend HCx, GPSMAP 60Cx/CSx, 62s/62sc/62st/62stc, 76Cx/CSx, 78/78s, nuvi 550, echoMAP 50s/70s can also read g2 Vision charts but only for the chart data and not the g2 Vision features.


Why buy from us?

We are official Internet Retailers of Garmin products and we sell genuine Garmin accessories and maps. We purchase from the Garmin UK distributor. We do not buy on the grey market and we do not sell counterfeit products. You can rest assured that by purchasing from ActiveGPS you will receive the full support of Garmin.

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