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- 010-C1204-00-GAR / 010-C1205-00-GAR
Estimated Amp Draw for 106sv: 2.2 Amps Each
Estimated Amp Draw for LVS32: .75 Amps
*Actual amps will vary due to input voltage and settings*
Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra
Have you ever watched the throttleman on an offshore racing boat? There’s only two positions the throttles are in: wide open or firmly closed when the 40+’ vessel’s drives come out of the water at over 100 mph. It’s truly impressive. Historically, Garmin’s product development worked in much the same way. When the throttles were hammered down they came out with truly impressive machines like the 8600 series. These units had HDMI output to screen mirror to tv’s, could run all of Garmin’s top of the line radars, autopilots, and Ultra-High Definition transducers. Speaking of high definition… They had full HD displays with in-plane switching technology. Obviously, all of this tech costs a lot of money. On the other hand, when the throttles were closed, they had the Echomap Plus units which couldn’t run UHD transducers, didn’t have nearly the networking capabilities , a much slower processor, and screen resolution that was a fraction of the 8600. Serious freshwater anglers had a difficult time forking over the premium for features that were primarily designed for ocean going vessels, but felt the Echomap Plus’ were somewhat lackluster. Garmin addressed this in 2019 and came out with the Echomap Ultra’s. These 10” and 12” models had higher screen resolution, better mapping that included data from Navionics, the capability to run ultra-high definition transducers, and more than one network port. These changes proved to be extremely effective as Garmin has sold a ton of Echomap Ultra’s. If you’re planning on running a fully networked Garmin system with Livescope, the Ultra is your best bang for your buck. With these units you get the premium features that matter most to freshwater anglers with a much lower cost than going with Garmin’s flagship 8600 series units. Garmin introduced us to Panoptix in 2015. This was a revolutionary technology that completely disrupted the sonar industry. For the first time, we could see fish swim around on our screen instead of dots and arches. In 2018, Garmin followed that up with another home run… the Livescope system. Livescope is just a fancy name for the second generation of Panoptix. It operates on the same principles but offers MUCH more detail and features. The Livescope transducer consists of six smaller transducers that fire at three different angles simultaneously. This sends a massive amount of data to the GLS 10 sonar module. The GLS 10’s job is to process all of this, stitch all of the information from the six individual transducers together, and send the image to the chartplotter. Obviously all of this processing power takes a lot of good, clean voltage. We recommend wiring this up with 10 AWG marine grade wire that is independent from any other electronics. You will want to install a switch to the circuit because as soon as the box is hooked to power it runs. But the end result looks like this:
THE THREE MODES: FORWARD, DOWN, PERSPECTIVE
And no… I’m not talking about a new workout program, lord knows we have plenty of those in this world. The Livescope system has three different modes, or “views” that it can run. These are forward, down, and perspective. To access the perspective view you have to have a special mount.
To see the difference between the different views check out this video series:
You will want to use the down mode to watch your jig below you and use forward to scout for fish and find out exactly where to drill that next hole. Perspective is mostly used in shallow water and is a great way to find fish swimming within structure.
RMP Recommended Additional Items
General Specs For LVS 32 Livescope System
GLS 10 sonar black box: 9.6” x 5.9” x 2.6” (24.5 x 14.9 x 6.5 cm);
LVS32 transducer: 5.4” x 3.8” x 1.8” (13.7 x 9.7 x 4.6 cm)
GLS 10 sonar black box: 4.3 lbs (2.0 kg);
LVS32 transducer: 1.9 lbs (0.9 kg)
|TRANSMIT POWER||500 W|
GLS 10 Black Box: Operating: -15 C to 70 C
Panoptix LiveScope LVS32 Transducer: Operating: 0 C to 40 C
Sonar Features & Specifications
|FREQUENCIES SUPPORTED||530 - 1,100 kHz|
|MAXIMUM DEPTH||Down and Forward: 200’ (61.0 m)|
|GARMIN MARINE NETWORK™ PORTS|
1 (small connector)
|POWER INPUT||10-32 V|
|POWER USAGE||21 W typical, 58 W max|
Force™ Trolling Motor - 50"
- Beamwidth: 20° x 135°
- Transducer cable length: 20 ft.
- Transducer number of pins: 21
Garmin has been in the marine business for a very long time. We have seen numerous products from them that were both very innovative and reliable. Over all these years there has been a product we've never seen from them until recently... a trolling motor. And when they designed their first one, they swung for the fences. The biggest technological leap forward was this thing had a brushless trolling motor.
Advantages of Brushless Motors
We were taught at an early age how to compare different decisions. Most teachers start introducing kids to compare and contrast charts in the 3rd grade. You probably have written a big “T” on a piece of paper with pros on one side and cons on the other to help make a tough decision. Or you used the compare and contrast chart with two circles that overlap in the middle. Almost every decision we make has pros and cons. Here’s the thing… brushless trolling motors are ALL pro’s. They can switch between 24 or 36 volts, they run 30% more efficiently meaning you're out there longer on the same set of batteries, they are much quieter, they don’t throw interference to electronics, and they are more durable. The list goes on and on. Just like in the power tool industry, it’s our opinion that in the next 3-7 years all trolling motors will be brushless because of this.
Features of the Force
Besides being brushless, the Force offers a host of other features. For starters, it connects wirelessly to a Garmin MFD unlike Lowrance which requires you to install a NMEA 2K network if you don’t have one on the boat already. This simplifies installation and allows you to control the Force through the MFD. You can do things like have it autopilot to waypoints or follow trails with this feature. The Force does have a built-in GT54 UHD transducer. The transducer does however have to be physically connected to the graph via a 12-pin transducer cable that’s included with the motor. From our experience at the time of this writing, you can run a non-UHD compatible graph with the built-in GT54UHD transducer and it will work. You just won’t get the UHD frequencies. For those of you that go hard in the paint and have no mechanical sympathy (I’m talking about the guys that put the motor on 10 to power through rocks and stumps) the Force comes with a handy replaceable polymer skeg. (https://www.russellmarineproducts.com/Garmin-Force-Trolling-Motor-Skeg-p/010-12832-18-gar.htm) There are pros and cons to this as these polymer skegs have been known to break fairly easily. So if you run your trolling motor hard, buy spares. While we are talking about the skeg that protects the prop, it’s good to know that if you do happen to break a prop you can run the Minn Kota MKP-33 that’s for the 80 lb Minn Kota motors without any modifications. You can also run the MKP-38 that’s for the 112 lb Minn Kota motors but you have to knock off the wear ring first. So if you have some spare Minn Kota props laying around, toss them in the boat in case you break the Force prop.
The Force is offered in 50” and 57” shaft lengths. This is confusing as these equate to a 45” and 52” Minn Kota motor, Garmin just measures from different points than what Minn Kota does. So sometimes guys that have a 60” Minn Kota think that the 57” would be fine since it is “only 3 inches shorter”, but this is not the case since the 57” is equal to a 52” Minn Kota. To avoid cavitation and ensure proper motor operation, selecting an appropriate shaft length for the Force Trolling Motor is necessary. Measure the distance between the surface of the boat’s bow to the waterline. Use the table below to select the correct shaft length:
In The Box
- Trolling Motor
- Foot Pedal
- High Efficiency Propeller
- Assembly and Mounting Hardware
¹In compliance with ISO standard 13342
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to P65Warnings.ca.gov.