The Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 74cv is generally similar to the ECHOMAP Plus 73cv. Yet, this model comes loaded with the U.S. coastal charts BlueChart g2. Other than this, the unit additionally includes a somewhat more powerful transducer with a greater depth capability. Similar to the Garmin “Plus” units, the Garmin EchoMap Plus 74cv 6" Chartplotter/Sonar w/Transom Mount and U.S. BlueChart g2 Charts is among the recent entries and comes with extra features over its predecessor - EchoMAP CHIRP 74cv.
To help you understand more about this amazing marine electronics, we have piled up this Garmin EchoMap Plus 74cv review. Let’s take a look:
Below are some of the main specifications and technical details about the Garmin EchoMap Plus 74cv:
Display: 7″ diagonal, 800H x 400Vp resolution, WVGA color, backlit
Sonar: CHIRP Sonar, ClearVü
Frequency and Coverage:
2D Sonar - Mid-band CHIRP, 80-160 kHz / 24-13°
ClearVü - 260 kHz (245-275 kHz) / 2°x51°; 455 kHz (445-465 kHz) / 1.4°x29°
Max. Depth Capability:
2D Sonar: 2,300 ft
ClearVü: 1,000 ft
Power Output: 500W (RMS)
GPS: 5Hz, (Internal)
Maps: BlueChart g2
Routes, Waypoints, Tracklog: 100; 5,000; 50,000 points along with 50 saved tracks
The transducer included with the m0odel is more powerful than the CV22HW-TM included with the ECHOMAP Plus 73cv model. It makes this upgraded Garmin fishfinder system a superior off-shore fishing option. It can scan depths up to 2,300 ft in freshwater, while up to 1,100 ft in saltwater, with the Mid-Band CHIRP mode active. Yet, the ClearVü can only scan 1,000 ft in freshwater. The depth capability for saltwater is unspecified, still, it should be somewhat half, 5-600 ft.
The fish finder provides all the standard sonar highlights present in the outdated/conventional units, such as Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Split-Zoom, Fish Alarm, Flasher, Fish Symbols, Depth Alarm, and more. Unlike Striker Plus units, this comes with Sonar Recording and Sonar History Rewind. It additionally offers traditional sonar support to Minn Kota® & MotorGuide® with trolling motor integration.
As described above, the Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 74cv has the BlueChart g2 U.S. coastal charts. The charts cover the East and West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, U.S. and the Canadian sides of the Great Lakes. All are acquired from official charts and private sources, providing a lot of data including spot soundings, depth contours, tides/currents information, nav-aids and more. However, the unit is also compatible with the BlueChart g2 Vision & g2 HD, as well as LakeVü HD Ultra.
The integrated Wi-Fi inside the unit lets it interface with any smart device/laptop’/smartphone with the ActiveCaptain Garmin app. Using the app, one can easily access OneChart to profit from software updates, access the Quickdraw Contours Community for customized charts, upgrade your charts immediately, receive smart notifications, and more.
The Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 74cv comes loaded with a color WVGA display, which is 7″ in size, diagonal, and has an 800H x 400V pixel resolution. Contrary to the previous model, this one additionally has touchscreen technology. So you can control it as a tablet, instead of keypad only.
Simple to use and intuitive interface - this is what you get when you invest on this hyped Garmin chartplotter. You can personalize the start page with the most-used apps. Furthermore, there are several split screen views, with up to three panels per view. Thanks to the touchscreen technology, you can drag any corner of an app in a split screen to enlarge the view without compromising quality.
It has LED backlight for superior readability even under in direct sunlight and from sharp angles, up to 70° on all sides. The ECHOMAP Plus 74cv is likewise IPX7 waterproof, implying it can resist incidental water exposure and rain without damaging the unit.
All in all, the Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 74cv fishfinder and chartplotter, comes equipped with 2D CHIRP, GPS functionality, ClearVü sonar, and BlueChart g2 coastal charts apart from several other essential features. It also has a CV23M-TM transducer (Mid-Band CHIRP and 260/455 kHz ClearVü capable). Basically, the unit brings you a gamut of exciting navigation features along with Wi-Fi connectivity and is fully compatible with the ActiveCaptain app. To sum up, it’s a unit perfect for off-shore fishing and navigation use. However, you can also use it for inland fishing! Make sure you refer to Garmin EchoMAP Plus 74cv manual for all info about installation and usage.