Garmin echoMAP 74SV Review

Garmin EchoMAP 74sv Fish Finder

The Garmin echoMAP 74sv includes a 7-inch high-contrast color display with automatic backlight adjustment. Fast, responsive 5 Hz GPS/GLONASS refreshes your position and heading 5 times each second to make your movement on the screen more fluid.

The echoMAP comes with one transducer for 50/200 kHz HD-ID sonar and Garmin DownVü/SideVü, the clearest scanning sonars on the water. It also supports Minn Kota and MotorGuide trolling motors with integrated transducers. The combo’s cords plug directly into the mount, allowing you to quickly install and remove your device from power and the mount.

The echoMap 74SV is a fish finder that is geared towards power users or those that are aspiring to become power users. If you have a decent sized boat, you can do a lot with this fish finder, maybe even open your own fishing charter business! Nevertheless, if you are a serious angler or someone looking to get competitive, this fish finder is a great way to up your game.

Sporting a huge 7 inch diagonal display(a little smaller than an iPad mini), this fish finder delivers 3 different kinds of SONAR as well as Garmin’s world-renowned chartplotting capabilities. The SONAR is powered by 500W, which can get you plenty of depth. The two frequencies for regular SONAR are 77 kHz for wider range and greater depth, and the 200 kHz SONAR is for narrower scanning with greater clarity.

Fast, responsive 5 Hz GPS/GLONASS refreshes your position and heading 5 times each second to make your movement on the screen more fluid. echo MAP comes with 1 transducer for 50/200 kHz HD-ID sonar and Garmin DownVü/SideVü, the clearest scanning sonars on the water. It also supports Minn Kota and Motor Guide trolling motors with integrated transducers. The combo’s cords plug directly into the mount, allowing you to quickly install and remove your device from power and the mount. Transom and trolling motor mount included.

The integrated BlueChart® g2 maps are one of the best in the industry, an they cover the entire United States coastline and the US side of the Great Lakes. This makes the 74SV an excellent choice for saltwater anglers.

The BlueChart G2 has everything that’s available on NOAA charts, tidal stations, currents, depth contours, IALA symbols, and fishing charts. You can zoom in and out with ease, and can even define what is a safe depth for you and have it show on the chart in a different color.

You have two options to mount the transducer – either on the transom or on your trolling motor, whichever you prefer – both installation kits are included in the box. Even the display’s mount is a quick disconnect tilting mount, so you can just snap it on and off whenever you like – this is especially useful when you are storing the boat.


Garmin EchoMAP 74sv Fish Finder

The echoMap SV74 is also a guidance system. You can simply enter the location you wish to go to, and the Garmin will search through the charts and plot a safe path for you that avoids shallow water, low bridges, and other obstacles. If you have a Garmin autopilot already installed on your boat, you can hook it up to this unit and it’ll do everything for you.

The Garmin echoMAP 74sv coordinates the timing of the sonar return with your boat’s position and saves digital information for playback on a computer using FREE Homeport planning software.

Garmin echoMAP 74SV Review
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