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Garmin Force Trolling Motor: Video!

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Hey guys - I got a chance to see the Garmin Force Trolling motor in action, and now you can too. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

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I don't know much about trolling motors (yet) - does the imaging/transducer only work when the motor is lowered into the water? I didn't see how it's mounted but I saw another motor that was like that.

 

If so it seems limiting as people might want to use sonar while they are travelling faster or not using that motor. Or am I missing something?

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The transducer is part of the trolling motor, so it's integrated.

 

There's a separate transducer that's mounted in the hull for using the sonar when the trolling motor is stowed away.

 

Hope that helps!

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Point and click remote?  That's cool!

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6 hours ago, Glenn said:

The transducer is part of the trolling motor, so it's integrated.

 

There's a separate transducer that's mounted in the hull for using the sonar when the trolling motor is stowed away.

 

Hope that helps!

Thanks, Glenn.

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Better be impressive for over 3 grand. I must say it is very cool.

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Point and click is very cool and I could see myself using that a lot

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Built in imaging transducer and zero RFI are what I like. BUT, it would cost me 10 grand to upgrade motor and graphs. Glenn, Maybe a BR giveaway is in order?

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33 minutes ago, slonezp said:

Built in imaging transducer and zero RFI are what I like. BUT, it would cost me 10 grand to upgrade motor and graphs. Glenn, Maybe a BR giveaway is in order?

You can’t take the money with you when you go. You ever seen a hurst with a trailer hitch? You only live once. You make more money every day. DO IT! 😉

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8 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

You can’t take the money with you when you go. You ever seen a hurst with a trailer hitch? You only live once. You make more money every day. DO IT! 😉

I think I'd have to sell my grandson to make this happen. You interested?

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11 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

You can’t take the money with you when you go. You ever seen a hurst with a trailer hitch? You only  DIE once, you LIVE every day. You make more money every day. DO IT! 😉

Fixed it^

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58 minutes ago, slonezp said:

I think I'd have to sell my grandson to make this happen. You interested?

I don’t think you’d be alive to enjoy your new trolling motor and graphs. 

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That is your best video yet Glenn. Very informative.

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@Glenn, I love the features of this motor.  Having said that, I have concerns about its support for the first generation Echomaps.  I have a first generation 93sv at the bow and console.  The information below is from Garmin's website regarding sonar support for the new Force motor.  What does partial support for a sonar frequency mean?

 

Sonar

Frequencies supported CHIRP sonar: High-wide CHIRP (150-240 kHz)
ClearVu: Ultra-high definition 800 kHz
SideVu: Ultra-high definition 1200 kHz and 455 kHz
Partial frequencies supported CHIRP Sonar: High-wide CHIRP (150-240 kHz)
ClearVü: 800 kHz
SideVü: 455 kHz
Transmit power 350 W
Maximum depth CHIRP sonar: 800'
ClearVü: 200'
Ultra-high definition SideVü: 125' to each side; 250 total at a max depth of 30'
455 kHz SideVü: 500' to each side; 1000' total
Depth/speed/temperature depth and temperature
Number of pins 12-pin (orange connector)

 

 

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I think it is fantastic and sets the bar for trolling/GPS/Sonar systems up a few notches.

 

The other companies will follow in Garmin's footsteps.

 

Only drawback that I noted is that you may need a Garmin GPS/Sonar unit to pick up the trolling motor signal. If this is the case, what does Lowrance and Ray Marine do? If you can sync your trolling motor to your "other than Garmin" GPS/Sonar unit than you have a real winner.

 

Also, when you compare the cost of a high end trolling motor coupled with a high end GPS/Sonar unit and compare those combined prices with what Garmin is asking for its set up, it is not a bad deal.

 

Just don't drop the control remote overboard!

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4 minutes ago, Sam said:

Just don't drop the control remote overboard!

It floats.

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3 hours ago, senile1 said:

What does partial support for a sonar frequency mean?

It's regarding older chartplotters that don't support the full 1200 kHz frequency that the new transducer with the motor offers. So your older EM will get the 455 kHz, but you won't get the full 1200 UHD sonar. 

 

Does that help?

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I believe it does.  Thanks!

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