This device is water-resistant, floats in the water, has a sun-visible display and is easy to use from the water because of the button operation
Data from compatible chartplotters and instruments can be combined to provide a comprehensive view of your marine system.
Through the Iridium satellite network, you can keep in touch with your loved ones from anywhere with in-reach satellite communication and two-way text messaging
Charts can be viewed in bluechart G3 if desired
With smooth speed and heading indications over swells, GPS filter can be adjusted
A satellite subscription enables you to share your location with others using GPS technology
An optional in-reach weather service provides detailed updates directly to your GPSMAP 86i handheld when you subscribe by satellite
Smart notifications will be delivered to your smartphone when it is paired
A lithium battery provides up to 50 hours of battery life in a tracking mode lasting 10 minutes
Questions & Answers
This can be powered with 12 volts, is that possible? This device comes with a mount, right?
It is not capable of charging via USB as it is wired directly to a 5v power source.
How can you see how close two coordinates are to one another by entering two different coordinates?
In the menu, it does have a distance calculator
Are there any charts of the inland lakes of New York (Finger Lakes)?
A chart for the Finger Lakes is included. In fact, yes
Selected User Reviews For Garmin GPSMAP 86i, Floating Handheld GPS with Button Operation, Inreach Satellite Communication capabilities, Stream Boat Data From Compatible Chartplotters
I don't believe it does
The Echomap 44CV is an excellent choice if you are looking for something coastal and you use it as part of the permanent solution. In case you are looking for lakes, you will need a different part number. There is no sonar transducer on this model, but it is much less expensive, comes with a larger screen, and you have a plotter, too. In addition to my 86SC, I use a 64SC.
| May 16, 2021
This is a lightweight product. The deck of the GPS device is covered in tacky rubber that makes it easy to grip when it is moved. The GPS battery has a life of over 24 hours. It was left on the counter after I forgot to turn it off after I had been on it for a full 8 hours before I picked it up the following morning and used it for the entire day on the water again without charging it. A handful of bread crumbs - enjoy the bread crumbs feature and the live tracking feature. However, I The display was the same as that of the Garmin GPS in the boat. An antenna was taped with yellow electrical tape so that if it goes overboard its position in the water will not matter whether it is upside down or down side up. Has both a face up and a face down position.
| Aug 18, 2020
It is not clear what to do
My main disappointment with the instructions is the way the product is instructed. I can probably grow to like it with time. My only option was to go online and watch a couple tutorials. All that was located in the package was a quick start guide. A unit like this is very high tech and very expensive. It is incredible that Garmin would put something like this on the market without offering video support. I am extremely disappointed. The other problem is the map that comes with the product. I am not interested in it because it covers such a large area. Zooming in, however, there are few or no creeks, etc. , if any at all at the level you want. It used to be possible to buy an old 64 machine that was much cheaper and much better, but that is no longer available. I also noticed that someone at Garmin had the not so bright idea to move the input buttons above the screen on several units, so you can't see what you're inputting since you're covering the display with your hand.
| May 28, 2021
Despite its short lifespan and great customer service, I received my GPSMAP 86S yesterday and less than 24 hours later I am still unable to connect to the USB cable (neither to charge the device nor to connect to the There is not an issue with the cable with other devices, so it is the GPS 86S that is problematic
Since I have not even had the opportunity to use it on the field yet, I am very skeptical about the reliability of this equipment, even if I may have received a defective device. A small update To address and solve this issue, both the customer service from US as well as Taiwan were very professional and efficient. Even though I have not yet used most of the features of the replacement unit, it appears to be working as expected.
| Oct 18, 2020
Garmin's product is extremely good
The instructions are not very detailed, but the product is very well built. The answer must be found by sitting for hours on end. It seemed to me that I had lost the depth gauges, and I couldn't figure out how to retrieve them. The shade will be sufficient for the time being, but what the heck,.
| Jan 19, 2021
It is a nice handheld navigational device, but it falls short
The device is well built, sturdy, and it receives GPS data quickly, displays a considerable amount of information, works well with Bluetooth, and ensures that tracking history is seamlessly archived. The cons are The screen needs to be touchable! There is a poor cursor and button control and it is hard to find your location when searching in other places, the processor is slow, the camera is not a standard size, and it uses a micro USB port instead of a USB-like port As soon as it is connected to the wall, it will automatically turn on I am not really satisfied with the overall outcome. If the price was the same, then the camera should have been included. There is an urgent need to avoid using touch screens or at least to make it easier to navigate maps.
| Mar 30, 2021
There is a GPS for you if you want to run aground! There were a couple of things I wished I could take away
This is junk. The visual aspect of the screen was similar to that of a Loony Tune cartoon! A "restocking fee" was charged to me after I returned the item.
| Mar 17, 2021
It is not clear what to do
The active route cannot be changed as it appears impossible to do so. If instructions are not posted or the owner's manual is modified, Garmin should do so. The website has other difficult to access features as well.
| Mar 27, 2021