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Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
SKU: 010-02114-01
Brand: Garmin
Category: Chartplotters | Fishfinders
  • Screen Size: 12" WXGA display
  • Input Type: Key-Assist | Touchscreen
  • Charts: BlueChart g3 | LakeVü
  • Chart Card Slots: 2 microSD card
  • Wifi: Wifi
  • Sonar: CHIRP | UHD SideVü/ClearVü

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Price



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Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv

BIG SCREEN | Ultra High-Definition sonar


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Review



Should I upgrade to a – Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv?

We take a detailed look at the specifications and get a couple thoughts from some who already have.

We also put together a side by side comparison with the ECHOMAP Ultra to the Plus and UHD.



The Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv – Is an easy-to-use, easy-to-setup 12″ color chartplotter/sonar key-assist touchscreen combo targeted towards the inshore and coastal fisherman.

It has CHIRP traditional sonar, CHIRP ClearVü/SideVü scanning sonar and support for Garmin’s super-clear Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar.

The Ultra series also supports Panoptix LiveScope LVS12 sonar (no black boxes required) plus the full line of Panoptix all-seeing sonar transducers and the Panoptix LiveScope system

Creating custom fishing maps on-screen with 1’ contours it quick and easy with built-in Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours mapping.

The ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv comes already pre-loaded Garmin BlueChart g3 coastal charts and LakeVü g3 inland maps. Both are with integrated Navionics data and Auto Guidance.

Built-in Wi-Fi paired with the free ActiveCaptain app makes updates and chart upgrades pretty simple.



Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra - Family

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra | Family


ECHOMAP Ultra Series – Comes in 2 screen sizes, features Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar capabilities and supports Panoptix LiveScope. It also supports the new single-array LVS12, that delivers live scanning sonar images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around the boat in real time.

The Ultra 106sv & 126sv models are preloaded with both Garmin BlueChart g3 and LakeVü charts and the 102sv & 122sv models come with a worldwide basemap.



Clear Screen and Sunlight Friendly – This is one of the first things you will pick up on with the ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv. The screen is bright and has an excellent viewing angle even in direct sun.

Keyed assist touchscreen – The 12″ screen uses touchscreen navigation along with a keypad with 4 quick access shortcut keys to assign the active screen when held. The shortcut button opens the assigned screen when pressed.

Built-in GPS – The 10hz GPS receiver acquires satellites quickly on start up and shows exact location without much delay.

Network Capabilities  – Easily share sonar data, waypoints, routes and supplemental charts with other 7″ and 9″  ECHOMAP UHD, ECHOMAP Plus and ECHOMAP Ultra models.

NMEA 2000 | 0183  – Connect the Ultra to an autopilot, digital switching, weather, FUSION-Link audio system, media, VHF or AIS all from one screen.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Screen Control

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Screen Control


TouchScreen navigation menu – Setting up the ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv for how you fish or cruise is simple and adding custom screens and settings is pretty straight forward without having to do a deep dive into the manual.

You can add items, rearrange items on the home screen and even change to background image.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv Menu

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Main Menu Screen


Custom Pages – Creating custom combinations is easy.  Setup a custom screen for fishing with sonar splitscreen with traditional on one side and clearvu on the other.

Set one up with chart and sonar for cruising or one for finding structure using ClearVü and SideVü sonar only. Then assign up to 4 custom screens to the shortcut keys for quick access.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Panoptix Livescope

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Panoptix Livescope


Creating a New Combination Pages – You have choice between 7 different screen combinations and can customize each pane individually.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Screen Combinations

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv – Screen Layout Combinations



Complete Garmin Sonar Support


Built-in sonar capabilities – The ECHOMAP Ultra includes a 600W CHIRP traditional sonar, ClearVü/SideVü scanning sonars, Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar and supports the full line of Panoptix all-seeing sonar transducers, including the Panoptix LiveScope system.

Addtional info on the Panoptix™ all-seeing sonar line.

TRADITIONAL CHIRP SONAR –  CHIRP sonar sends a continuous sweep of frequencies ranging from low to high, instead of sending just 1 single frequency at a time.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Traditional Chirp Sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Traditional Chirp Sonar


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Traditional Chirp Sonar Target Separation

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Traditional Chirp Sonar Target Separation


The 600W CHIRP sonar sweeps a continuous range of frequencies, from low to high, in a single transmission. The information returned from each frequency in that transmission is then shown on the screen.

Since this continuous sweep of frequencies provides a much wider range of information, CHIRP sonar is able to create a very clear, high-resolution image.

As you can see above, you get far greater target separation and more defined arches than you would with standard 50/200 kHz sonar. The maximum working depth is about 2,300 ft @ 77kHz, freshwater and 1,100 ft @ 77kHz, saltwater depending on bottom type and water conditions.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Sonar Recording

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Sonar Recording


Recording the Sonar Display – Very cool feature that allows you to record the sonar screen for playback on Garmin HomePort™ and review it later. I find it pretty valuable to be able to look over the the recording from the day and mark any spots that i what to check out in more detail.

As I play it back, I can stop and drop a GPS mark on something interesting and upload to the GPS to take a look at next time I’m on the water. See image above.

To Start Recording – Insert a memory card into the card slot. From a sonar view, select MENU > Record Sonar. Garmin says 15 minutes of sonar recording uses approximately 200 MB of space of the inserted memory card but i recorded several hours and only had a 980mb file.

An individual recording automatically ends after it reaches 4 GB in size. You can record sonar data until the card reaches capacity.

Note: Before you can play back the sonar recordings, you must download and install the Garmin HomePort™ application and record sonar data onto a memory card.

Sonar History Rewind –  As the ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv gets sonar data, while you’re tracking bottom or fish, you can go back and see what you previously went over by just tapping the screen and scrolling back. The amount of sonar history available to scroll back and view is about from 2-3 screens wide.

The scroll speed will effect how you will have recorded. For example, if the GPS is set to a slower scroll speed in the sonar menu, window of time the unit can rewind will be greater.  If the device is set to it’s fastest scroll speed, you will see a smaller window of time within the sonar rewind.

If you see some thing good that you just marked, rewind the history, tap the screen and drop a waypoint on it to save it. The best honey holes are often found when moving from one location to another.



ClearVü SONAR – ClearVü sonar is mainly used to identify structure and gives you a nearly photographic image structure below the boat.

With ClearVü, you see structure, submerged objects, and fish separation more clearly.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Clearvu Sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | ClearVü Sonar


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Clearvu sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | ClearVü sonar


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Traditional CHIRP vs Clearvu

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | ClearVü vs Traditional CHIRP


Instead of a cone-shaped beam like traditional CHIRP sonar, ClearVü scanning sonar sweeps a narrow beam of very high-frequency (455 or 800kHz) from side to side, producing “slices” that are combined to create very detailed images.

Fish are easily identifiable on Traditional View with CHIRP where as Structures are well defined using ClearVü.

For fishermen and divers looking for structure like wrecks, reefs, log piles and other underwater natural and man made features, ClearVü is a great tool.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - CHIRP ClearVu Sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | CHIRP ClearVu Sonar



SideVü SONAR  –  SideVü  is a high frequency sonar that gives a true to life view of structures and targets on the either side of the boat. Like ClearVü, SideVü scanning sonar sweeps a narrow beam of very high-frequency (455 or 800kHz) out to the side, producing “slices” that create very detailed images.

You see a crystal clear image that makes it easy to identify wrecks, structure, rocks and even fish that are stacked up next to or above them.

The distance you can scan out to the side depends on the depth but can be usable out several hundred feet which is excellent for covering and searching lots of area quickly.


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - CHIRP SideVu Sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | CHIRP SideVu Sonar


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - SideVu Sonar Shallow

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | SideVu Sonar Shallow





Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Clearvu vs Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Clearvu vs Ultra High-Definition Scanning Sonar


Ultra High-Definition ClearVü – Transmits higher image clarity of structure and fish below the boat at greater depths than other high-frequency scanning sonars by utilizing a downward-facing element to put more power on targets.

Note: A  UHD Transducer is required for Ultra High-Definition Sonar. Some bundles include the GT54UHD-TM transducer.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Ultra High Definition Sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Ultra High Definition Sonar


Ultra High-Definition SideVü –  Stunningly clear images of structure and fish out to the sides of the boat. This makes searching new areas easier and faster because you can see everything the first time with excellent detail.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Ultra High-Definition Sidevu Sonar

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Ultra High-Definition Sidevu Sonar


Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar gives you some additional depth performance. It shows very detailed images of fish and structure up to 200’ below the boat with 800 kHz ClearVü, while two SideVü sonar frequency settings (455/1200 kHz) provide depth range of up to 125’.





Panoptix Sonar –  is pretty amazing sonar technology. It gives us the ability to see all around the boat in real time and in 3 dimensions.

Panoptix shows highly detailed, easy-to interpret live scanning sonar images of structure, bait and fish swimming below and around your boat in real time, even when the boat is stationary.

Images are so clear, that Garmin says with a little practice, we might be able to identify species!

Both LiveScope Forward and LiveScope Down modes are included in one transducer and are available with either transom or trolling motor mounts.  To use Panoptix sonar, you need a compatible chartplotter which the ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv is, and a compatible transducer. The transducer plugs right into the Panoptix network port.


ECHOMAP Ultra - Panoptix Livescope Forward

ECHOMAP Ultra | Panoptix Livescope Forward


Panoptix Livescope Forward is cool tool for scouting and fishing out ahead of the boat. You get live, detailed images of structure and fish out to about to 200′ – even while the boat is siting in one spot.  A live sonar look at fish moving toward or away from the boat.



ECHOMAP Ultra - Panoptix Livescope Down

ECHOMAP Ultra | Panoptix Livescope Down


Panoptix LiveScope Down gives us live scanning sonar images of structure and swimming fish in awesome detail below the boat up to 200′ out from the transducer. Shows real-time moving sonar images of baitfish and large fish swimming below the boat and pinpoints distance left or right and their depths



Charts and Mapping


Preloaded Charts & Maps –  The Ultra 126sv comes with the latest  BlueChart® g3 coastal charts and LakeVü g3 inland maps, both with integrated Navionics data and Auto Guidance technology data for very detailed charts and mapping.

BlueChart g3 Charts cover the coastal U.S., including the East and West coasts, Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. and Canadian sides of the Great Lakes. LakeVü g3 inland maps cover more than 17,000 lakes with up to 1’ contours.

Upgrading  charts to BlueChart® g3 Vision or  LakeVü g3 Ultra is easy with the microSD card slot located on the front of the device and the Active Captain App.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - LakeVu g3 - Inland Charts

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | LakeVu g3 – Inland Charts


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Chart Auto Guidance

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Bluechart Chart Auto Guidance


Garmin Auto Guidance technology –  shows a suggested route to a destination, based on specs that you enter in the device like draft, and vertical height restrictions.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - BlueChart g3 - Depth Range Shading

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | BlueChart g3 – Depth Range Shading


Depth Range Shading – is shown in high-resolution for up to 10 depth ranges, so you can see your needed depth at a glance by color.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - BlueChart g3 Shallow Water Shading

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | BlueChart g3 Shallow Water Shading


Shallow water shading –  allows for shading at a user-defined depth to give a clear picture of shallow waters to avoid based on your own draft.

Detailed Contours  –  1′ contours that provide a more accurate look of bottom structure for improved fishing charts and enhanced detail in swamps, canals and port layouts.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - BlueChart g3 1 foot contours

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | BlueChart g3 1′ contours



Garmin Quickdraw Contours


Quickdraw Contours instantly creates personalized HD maps with 1’ contours and depth labels for any body of water as you fish.

When Quickdraw Contours records data, a colored circle surrounds the vessel icon. This circle represents the approximate area of the map that is scanned by each pass.  Quickly see where you have been.

The screen shows maps being created instantly in real-time. Easily add labels, mark timber, brush piles, favorite fishing spots and anything you want to remember on your map for the next trip.

Improve Your Saltwater Maps & Uncover unknown areas – Many areas have no map detail. With Quickdraw, you can create maps that show you depth contours clearly labeled on the screen. You also can improve your existing maps that show locations of underwater mountains, drop offs, crevices or wrecks.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Quickdraw Contours

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Quickdraw Contours


The maps are all yours – tailor them to fit your needs. Keep the data for yourself, or share maps with others in the QuickDraw Community on Garmin Connect .

You can view Garmin Quickdraw Contours in a combination screen or as a single view on the map. The amount of saved data depends on the size of your memory card, your sonar source, and the speed of your boat as you record data.

You can record longer when you use a single-beam sonar. It is estimated that you might be able to record about 1,500 hours of data onto a 2 GB memory card.

When you record data on a memory card in your chartplotter, the new data is added to your existing Garmin Quickdraw Contours map, and is saved on the memory card. When you insert a new memory card, the existing data does not transfer onto the new card.



Active Captain 


Connected Boating App –  The free Active Captain app from Garmin gives the ECHOMAP Ultra a connection for upgrading charts, maps and access the Garmin community.

Wherever you are, you can have unlimited access to your cartography, purchase new maps and charts, and access the Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours Community. Active Captain is available for both Iphone and Android.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Active Captain

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Active Captain


Active Captain Features

  • With OneChart™ you have access to all your charts and maps from your mobile device.
  • Receive smart notifications, such as calls and texts, on your display when paired with the app.
  • Download software updates and notifications from the app directly to your Garmin devices.
  • Connect to other boaters for up-to-date feedback on marinas and other important info.
  • Make, save and transfer routes and waypoints between the app and chartplotter.
  • Easily upload and download the latest Garmin Quickdraw™ Contours content from the community.
  • View and control your chartplotter from your smartphone or tablet



FORCE | Trolling Motor Support


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Force Trolling Motor

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Force Trolling Motor


Garmin launched a new trolling motor called FORCE that they developed for the freshwater market. It has a brushless motor, and is said to be very quiet above and below the water. It can connect to the ECHOMAP Ultra wirelessly and be controlled by the chartplotter.

It’s the first trolling motor to include built-in Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars.

FORCE Trolling Motor Features

  • Built in Autopilot
  • Anchor Lock
  • Create Routes| Waypoints | Follow Tracks
  • Use Auto Guidance
  • Wireless foot pedal control
  • User-programmable wireless remote
  • 24 or 36 volt brushless motor



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Ports | Connections


Rear Connections Include –

  • 1 – Power Connection
  • 1 – NMEA 2000
  • 1 – 12 PIN Sonar
  • 1 – 12 PIN LiveScope Sonar
  • 2 – Network Ports


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra - Connections

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra | Connections


Quick-Release Mount – The mount features both tilt and swivel capabilities to provide a great viewing angle. Cables plug directly into the mount, for quick installation and removal at the end of the day.


ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv- Quick Release Mount

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv | Quick Release Mount


Key Facts:

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv


Performance Features

  • 12” Chartplotter | Sonar Combo
  • Keyed assist touchscreen
  • 1280 x 800 | WXGA Color Display
  • Wide viewing angle & excellent clarity
  • Good visibility in direct sunlight
  • Internal antenna or external over NMEA 2000
  • Built-in 10Hz GPS receiver
  • Quick-Release mount | Bracket or flush
  • Garmin Network/Panoptix Ports | 2
  • LiveScope Port
  • Built-in Wi-Fi to pair with ActiveCaptain
  • AIS and DSC Support
  • NMEA 0183 and 2000.
  • Receive data from autopilots, engines, sensors & VHF


Charting | Mapping

  • BlueChart g3 U.S. coastal maps
  • LakeVü g3 inland maps
  • Navionics data & Auto Guidance
  • ActiveCaptain app for access to – OneChart  | Smart notifications | Garmin Quickdraw Community data
  • Quickdraw Contours for personalized 1′ contours maps
  • 2 microSD memory card slots | 32 GB max
  • 5,000 Waypoints
  • Track Log – 50,000 points | 50 saved tracks
  • 100 Routes (250 waypoints each)


Fishfinder | Sounder

  • Full Built-in Sonar Capabilities
  • Output Power | 600W traditional | CHIRP
  • CHIRP Traditional Sonar | 50, 77, 83, or 200 kHz
  • UHD SideVü CHIRP | 260/455/800kHz
  • UHD ClearVü  CHIRP | 260/455/800/1200kHz
  • Output Power | 600w
  • Maximum Depth Freshwater | 2,300’/77kHz
  • Maximum Depth  Saltwater | 1,100’/77kHz
  • Supports Panoptix Sonar | LVS
  • Sonar Recording | Reviewing with HomePort
  • Sonar history rewind


Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Price




Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Full Specs


Model ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
Physical dimensions 13.4" x 9.0" x 3.9"
341 x 229 x 98 mm
Weight 5.5 lbs.
Water rating IPX7
Display type WXGA | Key-Assist Touchsreen
Display size 10.3”x 6.4” | 12.1" diagonal
Display resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Display - Brightness Not Available
Power consumption 2.16A | 12V
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA 2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS
Mounting options Bail or flush

Maps & Memory

Model ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
On-Board Memory No
Accepts data cards 2 microSD card | 32GB Max
Waypoints 5,000
Routes 100
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps BlueChart® g3 U.S. coastal
LakeVü g3 inland
+ Navionics

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes

Chartplotter Features

Model ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
Radar compatible No
Sonar compatible Traditional CHIRP
UHD ClearVü
UHD SideVü
Supports AIS Yes
Weather No
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes
Supports FUSION-Link FUSION-Link
Black Box sonar support Yes
Planning Software Compatible HomePort
App-Control Compatibility Active Captain
Remote Input Device - compatible No
Alarms Navigation

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
Transmit Power 600W Traditional | 600W SideVü/ClearVü
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable Yes
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable Yes - 50/200 | 77/200 | 83/200
CHIRP sonar technology CHIRP: 50-200
ClearVü | Down UHD CHIRP ClearVü | 260, 455, 800kHz
SideVü | Side UHD CHIRP SideVü | 260, 455, 800, 1,100kHz
Forward View Panoptix | LVS


Model ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports 1
NMEA 0183 output ports 1
Marine Network Ports 2 Panoptix
Video input ports No
Video output ports No
Wireless connectivity Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes


Model ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
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Additional - 1 Sailing Features

In The Box

In The Box ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv
BlueChart g3 and LakeVü g3 for U.S.
Power/data cable
Tilt mount with quick release cradle
Flush mount
Protective cover

Some Bundles include
GT54UHD-TM transducer

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Manual

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Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Manual

Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv – Manual



Garmin ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv - Installation Manual

ECHOMAP Ultra 126sv – Installation Manual


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