Garmin Software Update Adds inReach Custom Messaging

April release delivers additional features for autopilots, charts and more.
Garmin software update
Courtesy Garmin Garmin’s quarterly free software update allows inReach custom messaging on GPSMap MFDs.

With its April quarterly marine-software update, Garmin has added custom messaging for its inReach satellite communicator. Boaters with an inReach and a GPSMap chartplotter can pair the two and send messages to friends and family from the MFD.

Type a message using a keyboard on the display and select the recipient from your contact list or manually type a phone number or email. Messages can be grouped by conversation similar to the interface for phone texting.

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Other updates include the ability to save data within a specific boundary area to an SD card; improvements to autopilot user interfaces; Mercury SmartCraft enhancements; Quickdraw Contours Mapping 2.0, and additional commands for Ok Garmin voice control.

The update is available as a free download using the ActiveCaptain mobile app or from a computer using Garmin Express software.


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