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Review of the Garmin echoMAP plus 73sv fishfinder

Garmin echoMAP plus 73sv is an upgraded version of the same series 73cv model with added feature of SideVü SONAR to the existing 2D CHIRP and ClearVü SONAR. The 73cv and 73sv share the rest of the features such as Navigation maps,GPS, charts and related features. This bright, sunlight-readabke 7inch display device is supposedly the best choice for Coastal fishing.

What makes the Garmin echoMAP plus 73sv fish finder device unique? Let’s discuss in this article:

Garmin echoMAP plus 73sv Features

DISPLAY

The display comes at a 7” WVGA color with a high pixel matrix of 800×400. It happens to be touch-enabled along with a keypad at the right corner of the housing. The LED backlight allows the screen to be clearly visible under harsh sunlight or outdoor light as well.

Home screen can be customised according to your preference while being extremely user-friendly. If you’re a beginner then this device is definitely one of the easiest ways to learn how fish finders work and what to expect from them, how to read them, etc.

The superior imaging quality makes even tiniest of details visible with high accuracy.

The split screen option allows up to 3 tabs to be open simultaneously, allowing one to keep an eye on the SONAR returns while not losing sight of your boat position on the map.

The display of this fish finder also uses Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to sync the unit with your smartphone and use the ActiveCaptain application. And in this application, you can perform different functions.

The waterproof rating is IP-X7, which means the device was built to withstand accidental splashes, heavy rain, and submersion in 3.3ft of water for up to 30 seconds.

This fish finder also comes with a tilt and swivel mount and a flush mounting kit. Additionally, the kit includes a quick release cradle, which makes it quick and easy to remove the display and taking it with you

 

SONAR AND TRANSDUCER

The Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv bundle comes with the CV52HW-TM transducer that covers all the implemented sonars: 2D CHIRP, SideVü, and ClearVü.

For the CHIRP 2D sonar, the transducer utilizes a single high-frequency beam with CHIRP modulation intervals between 150 and 240 kHz with a conical beam covering 24-16°. The unit comes with available 2D frequencies of 83, 77, and 50 kHz. 77/200 and 50/200 transducers can also unlock the unit’s dual-frequency capabilities.  

The 12-pin transducer also comes with a transom mount, temperature sensor, and 20ft of power cable. 

CV52HW-TM can reach the depth of up to 800ft with its 2D CHIRP and 500ft with sv/cv sonars which on pairing with 50 kHz capable transducer will extend the reach to upto 2300 ft and is also compatible with Panoptix sonars.

Additional Sonar features included in this are:

  • Sonar Recording/Rewind
  • A-Scope
  • Fish Symbols
  • Bottom Lock
  • Circular Flasher View

With SideVü and ClearVü, the implemented transducer can cover 455 and 800 kHz with CHIRP modulation intervals between 425-485 kHz and 790-850 kHz.

The ClearVü scanning sonar gives a nearly photographic image of what’s underneath boat. SideVü scanning sonar shows clear image of submerged objects, fish on the side.

Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv equipped with a 5Hz GPS receiver provides accurate location tags and position with addition to updating it 5 times per second, calculating if the speed of your boat  is in accordance to the speed of the lure being used.

This fish finder device includes LakeVu g3 maps integrated with Navionics data cover more than 17,000 U.S. lakes, rivers and reservoirs with up to 1’ contours. It also shows interstates, general roads and bridges, designated fishing areas, boat ramps, marinas and campgrounds.

These highly detailed freshwater maps with integrated Navionics data cover more than 17,000 U.S. lakes, rivers and reservoirs with up to 1’ contours. LakeVü g3 gives you excellent detail of underwater features, plus Shallow Water Shading allows you to designate a minimum depth.

 The Shallow Water Shading feature allows one to assign minimum depth which indicates the user when a shallow area of the lake is approached.

The Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv is also compatible with BlueChart g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision charts for those who prefer to havr off-shore charts. On upgrading one can access the LakeVu Ultra, which offers more detail compared to the LakeVu g2.

This fish finder also offers the Quickdraw Contours feature, which is perfect for those situations when you find a lake that is not included in the LakeVu g2 charts. This software uses sonar and GPS information to draw a contoured map of the lake’s bottom. These personalized created maps can also be shared with the Quickdraw Community.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv comes with built-in wireless connectivity, syncing with any smart phone, tablet. One can also access One Chart features, connect to the boating app  Active Captain, receive notifications directly on your unit, and much more.The ActiveCaptain, allows a powerful connection for upgrading maps,charts,unlimited access to cartography,Garmin community and Garmin Quickdraw Contours Community.

Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv features NMEA 0183 ports as well as NMEA 2000 networking options. 

It also allows sharing sonar, waypoints and routes with other ECHOMAP Plus 7” and 9” units as well as ECHOMAP Ultra 10” and 12” units.

NAVIGATION

Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv equipped with a 5Hz GPS receiver provides accurate location tags and position with addition to updating it 5 times per second, calculating if the speed of your boat  is in accordance to the speed of the lure being used.

This fish finder device includes LakeVu g3 maps integrated with Navionics data cover more than 17,000 U.S. lakes, rivers and reservoirs with up to 1’ contours. It also shows interstates, general roads and bridges, designated fishing areas, boat ramps, marinas and campgrounds.

These highly detailed freshwater maps with integrated Navionics data cover more than 17,000 U.S. lakes, rivers and reservoirs with up to 1’ contours. LakeVü g3 gives you excellent detail of underwater features, plus Shallow Water Shading allows you to designate a minimum depth.

 The Shallow Water Shading feature allows one to assign minimum depth which indicates the user when a shallow area of the lake is approached.

The Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv is also compatible with BlueChart g2 and BlueChart g2 Vision charts for those who prefer to havr off-shore charts. On upgrading one can access the LakeVu Ultra, which offers more detail compared to the LakeVu g2.

This fish finder also offers the Quickdraw Contours feature, which is perfect for those situations when you find a lake that is not included in the LakeVu g2 charts. This software uses sonar and GPS information to draw a contoured map of the lake’s bottom. These personalized created maps can also be shared with the Quickdraw Community.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv comes with built-in wireless connectivity, syncing with any smart phone, tablet. One can also access OneChart features, connect to the boating app  ActiveCaptain, receive notifications directly on your unit, and much more.The ActiveCaptain, allows a powerful connection for upgrading maps,charts,unlimited access to cartography,Garmin community and Garmin Quickdraw Contours Community.

Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv features NMEA 0183 ports as well as NMEA 2000 networking options. 

It also allows sharing sonar, waypoints and routes with other ECHOMAP Plus 7” and 9” units as well as ECHOMAP Ultra 10” and 12” units.

The Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv also has a microSD slot with expandable memory.

GARMIN SAILASSIST FEATURES

SailAssist features include laylines, enhanced wind rose and heading and course-over-ground lines. See true and apparent wind angle and speed as well as set and drift and a glance. To help you gain a wind-maximizing competitive edge, a pre-race guidance page that shows your virtual starting line along with data fields showing laylines, time to burn before the start and a race timer.

PORTABLE

This fish finder device is an easy-to-safe and easy-to-setup device allowing you to have an hassle-free setting up and carrying around.

PROS:

  • Wide 7 inch display screen
  • Keypad-assisted touchscreen
  • High-end SONAR, supports CHIRP,ClearVu and SideVu SONAR
  • Panoptix SONAR capable
  • Scanning depth of upto 800 feet
  • Sonar recording, alarms and rewinds
  • Includes LakeVu g2 charts.
  • Upgradable with other charts.
  • Quickdraw Contours software.
  • Micro SD card slot.
  • NMEA 0183 ports.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to install.

CONS:

  • Unclear user instructions, generic, not specific to this particular model.
  • Adapter for NMEA 2000 not available with product.

The Garmin echoMAP Plus 73sv comes highly recommended for freshwater anglers due to its accurate GPS system, good depth capability, making it the best choice for both fishing and navigation at an affordable price.


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