2021 NMEA Awards: Safety Device: Garmin GPSMAP 86sci Handheld

Garmin Marine’s GPSMAP 86sci handheld provides all the features of the GPSMAP 66 series and adds on-water features including BlueChart g3 charts and wireless connectivity to a boat’s on board navigation system. That versatility prompted the judges in the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) 2021 Awards program to name the GPSMAP 86sci the winner in the coveted Safety Device category.

Feature Packed

The GPSMAP 86sci handheld is water-resistant and it floats so don’t freak out if it’s accidentally dropped in the drink. All marine system info can be seen at a glance with boat data streaming. InReach interactive SOS provides peace of mind security and a user can send and receive preset text messages from almost anywhere. It also has up to 35 hours of battery life with 10-minute tracking.

Individual Features

Boat Data Sync the GPSMAP 86Sci with compatible Garmin chartplotters and instruments to see real-time data on the handhedl unit.

Fusion Link Sometimes it helps to own one of the premier marine stereo companies. Garmin owns Fusion and uses the Fusion-Link app to connect to entertainment systems.

Accurate Tracking When a boat hits rough water, an adjustable GPS filter smooths speed and heading indications for more accurate tracking.

BlueChart Coverage Preloaded BlueChart g3 coastal charts provide coverage, clarity and detail with integrated Garmin and Navionics data.

Autopilot Remote: Even when a captain is away from the helm, he/she can control the boat by accessing the autopilot app to change heading, engage pattern steering and follow a GPS route.

Backup Navigation During a cruise or fishing trip, it’s nice to know the GPSMAP 86 sci provide a backup navigator.

ABC Sensors The unit includes an altimeter for elevation data, a barometer to monitor weather and a 3-axis electronic compass.

Two-Way Messaging The Iridium satellite network permits sending and receiving of custom and preset text messages or emails with a delivery confirmation.

Trip Tracking Share adventures with the web-based MapShare trip-sharing page so loved ones can see a boat’s progress or ping the device to see its GPS location

Interactive SOS In case of emergency, trigger an interactive SOS message to the Garmin IERCC, a 24/7 staffed professional emergency response coordination center via the global Iridium satellite network.

Marine Weather The GPSMAP 86sci can receive weather forecasts directly so the user can make educated decisions based on local conditions or the weather at the destination.

Smart Notifications Get smart notifications on the GPSMAP 86sci when it’s paired with a compatible smartphone.

Garmin Explore Sync GPSMAP 86sci with the Garmin Explore app to manage waypoints, tracks and routes.

The GPSMAP 86sci is compatible with full-sized Garmin chartplotters and multifunction displays.

Wireless Connections GPSMAP 86sci offers Wi-Fi® connectivity, ANT+® technology and BLUETOOTH® wireless technology for easy wireless updates and connections.

LED Flashlight The GPSMAP 86sci has a built-in LED flashlight that can be used to signal for help or improve vision at night.

Battery Life The internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 40 hours of battery life in standard mode and up to 200 hours in expedition mode.

What’s in the Box

  • GPSMAP 86sci handheld with BlueChart® g3 for the U.S.
  • Powered mount
  • Lanyard
  • USB to Micro USB cable
  • USB to 2 pin cable
  • Mounting hardware
  • Documentation