Garmin GPSMAP 86i


Stay in touch with the new Garmin GPSMAP 86i satellite communicator, with inReach technology and two-way text messaging via the 100% global Iridium® satellite network (satellite subscription required).

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Cast off confidently with the new GPSMAP® 86i marine handheld from Garmin. Whether you’re out for a day of fishing, sailing or cruising, have peace of mind with this backup navigator with satellite communication and interactive SOS. This premium handheld floats and has a sunlight-readable 3” colour display. Plus, wireless connectivity makes it a virtual extension of your onboard marine system, giving you added awareness and convenience.

What is Included?

  • Garmin GPSMAP® 86i Tracker
  • Powered mount
  • Lanyard
  • USB to micro USB cable
  • USB to 2-pin cable
  • Mounting hardware
  • GPSMAP 86i Quick Start Manual

Garmin 86i Key Features: 

Designed for Marine Environments

The Garmin 86i GPs handheld has water-resistence and floating technology. Additionally, this tracking device can become a remote control for convenient operation of your Garmin autopilot and select FUSION® marine products


The sunlight-readable 3" display and button operation provide ease of use on the water. 


The GPSMAP 86i has live location tracking so every time minutes your location is sent to your MapShare page, for your friends and family to follow your trip. Additionally, those with access to your MapShare page can ping you and send messages to your device, in near real time. The tracking setting can be customised, decreading the tracking interval will conserve the battery life of your tracker. 

Interactive SOS button

The SOS button, located on the right-hand side of the Garmin 86i tracker, enables you to trigger an emergency SOS signal to GEOS, a 24/7 emergency monitoring and response centre. 


TOPO maps are preloaded with the Garmin 86i tracker, as well as the ability to download high-resolution BirdsEye aerial imagery directly to the device using the built-in Wi-Fi. These navigation capabilities allow you to calculate precise road and trail routes, as well as leave a breadcrumb trail (which would allow you to safely navigate back the way you came). Use the Garmin Explore website and app as a companion to help you manage waypoints, routes and activities, review trip data from the field, and sync info across devices. 

Stream Boat Data

The new garmin satellite communicator enables users to stream boat data from compatible chartplotters* and instruments to consolidate your marine system information. 

inReach Technology

The Garmin 86i tracking device uses inReach satellite communication technology to enable two-way text messaging via the 100% global Iridium® satellite network (satellite subscription required). You can also receive marine weather forecasts directly on your device, so you can make educated decisions based on local conditions or the destination ahead.

Connect with your boat

Sync GPSMAP® 86i with compatible Garmin chartplotters* and instruments and you’ll see real-time boat data displayed right on your handheld. Plus, it can serve as a remote control for convenient operation of your Garmin autopilot and select FUSION marine products. When you’re underway, an adjustable GPS filter smooths speed and heading indications over swells for more accurate tracking.

Stay in Touch

Get smart notifications right on your GPSMAP® 86i handheld when you pair it with your compatible smartphone. You can also sync GPSMAP® 86i with the Garmin Explore™ portal and app for cloud management of your favourite waypoints, tracks and routes. GPSMAP® 86i offers Wi-Fi® connectivity, ANT+® technology and Bluetooth® wireless technology for easy wireless updates and connections. 


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*Compatible Garmin chartplotters include: GPSMAP® 1022, GPSMAP® 1222, GPSMAP® 1222 Touch, GPSMAP® 1222xsv Touch, GPSMAP® 722, GPSMAP® 722xs, GPSMAP® 7407, GPSMAP® 7407xsv, GPSMAP® 7408, GPSMAP® 7408xsv, GPSMAP® 7410, GPSMAP® 7410xsv J1939, GPSMAP® 7412, GPSMAP® 7412xsv, GPSMAP® 7416, GPSMAP® 7416xsv, GPSMAP®8417 MFD, GPSMAP® 8422 MFD, GPSMAP® 8424 MFD, GPSMAP® 922, GPSMAP® 922xs


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General Specifications
Dimensions 17.8 x 7 x 4.4 cm
Weight 272g
Display Size 3.8 x 6.3 cm
Display Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Battery Type Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Battery Life

Up to 35 hours in 10-minute tracking mode

Up to 200 hours (expedition mode)

IP Rating IPX7
Memory 16 GB
Key Features
Supports optional BlueChart® g3 charts
Preloaded Worldwide Basemap
Adjustable GPS filter smooths speed and heading indications over swells
High-Sensitivity Receiver
High-Speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible interface
10,000 Waypoints / Favourites / Locations
20,000 Tracking Log points, 250 saved spx trackrs, 300 saved fit activities
Barometric Altimeter
Title-compensated 3-axis compass
Custom Maps compatible
Hunt/Fish Calendar
Sun and Moon Information
Compatible with Garmin Connect™

What does a Garmin inReach rescue cost?

  • Rescue costs, if any, are determined by the applicable laws and regulations for the location where the rescue is conducted and may vary based on the utilized resources. Any fees incurred due to aid or rescue when triggering an SOS are charged to the individual for whom the SOS was triggered. It’s important to check with local authorities in the area to which you plan to travel for information regarding rescue costs and services.

What does SOS coverage include?

  • SOS coverage is included with an active inReach subscription and covers:
  • Global emergency response coordination by the Garmin IERCC
  • All communication, including tracking and text messaging with the Garmin IERCC, once the SOS button is activated by a device user

SOS coverage does not cover:

  • Possible costs associated with a rescue
  • Applicable fees for communicating with personal or other contacts

Find out more about inReach SOS alerts

SAR Insurance Options

The Search and Rescue insurance plans, SAR 100 and SAR High Risk, include up to $100,000 USD in reimbursement for covered rescue costs and a $5,000 USD accidental death and dismemberment benefit. The SAR High Risk plan also includes coverage for qualified rescue expenses resulting from participation in specified activities that are not covered by the SAR 100 plan1.

Read the SAR insurance plan FAQs to learn more. Review the SAR Insurance Program certificate(s) of insurance and terms and conditions for full plan details.

Covered person
Insured individual
Insured individual
Membership period
365 days 365 days
Requires supported device
Search and rescue benefit
  • Per claim
  • Total per membership period
$100,000 USD
$100,000 USD
$100,000 USD
$100,000 USD
Accidental death and dismemberment benefit
$5,000 USD
Coverage for specified high-risk activities2
Purchase SAR 100 Purchase SAR High Risk
1 See certificate(s) of insurance for full list of exclusions
2 High-risk activities covered by the SAR High Risk plan include BASE jumping, cliff diving, sole free diving, fly-by-wire, free climbing (without ropes), hang gliding, para gliding, heli-skiing and heli-snowboarding, wingsuit flying, mountain climbing (with intent to go above 5,000 meters) and skydiving (including skysurfing)

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