Garmin GPSMap 86sci: inReach, GPS and a plethora of tools for boaters

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

8 Responses

  1. Interesting device, Ben! I wholeheartedly endorse their dropping the touchscreen – touchscreens are wonderful when the device (and your fingers) are nice & dry – something quite elusive on a sailboat at times!
    I looked at the Garmin page for this device, and apparently it does come with “coastal” charts for the US – but their site doesn’t show access to charts for anywhere else! Someone headed even for the Bahamas will be disappointed for sure. Maybe they just haven’t gotten the page up to speed yet. With a satellite connection, you would think that offshore/foreign charts would be a priority.

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      I was told, but haven’t been through the process, that you can buy the charts through the G3 product page for the region you need and then add them to the GPSMap 86. I’m not certain how this will work without using the ActiveCaptain app.

      But, do note that the coverage is for U.S. and Bahamian waters.

      -Ben S.

      • The page for the 86sci has a tab to select “other charts”, but it appears not to be functional. Every region/continent comes up “no charts found”.
        It’s nice that the “US Coastal” coverage includes the Bahamas – but the rest of the world is still missing 🙂

  2. Well, THAT wasn’t very nice! Sometime while I was typing that, the site logged me out! I typed the entry on the logged-in page, but when I hit “post”, it chucked me out 🙁

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ben. No mention of AIS?

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