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Garmin echoMap 74sv Review for Seasoned Anglers


If you are a kayak lover, you definitely prefer to catch fish while floating with the river flow. However, your experience may get interrupted by wind, river garbage, or ragged/shabby objects. A kayak with accurate GPS and auto guidance features can help you improve your experience over water.

We are reviewing such a kayak today. The name of the kaykay is Garmin echoMap 74sv, and it features dedicated features to make your fishing experience enjoyable and effortless. Today, we are focusing all all the features and drawbacks of this amazing fishing kayaks and guide you through it’s drawbacks so that you can choose the best fishing kayak for you. Let’s get started.

Can you think of purchasing Garmin 74sv for its rich features and chirp sonar functionality? We think you should know better than that. Read below what we have recommended for you.

Whom is this product ideal for?

Whether you are a diehard kayak fisher, angler, casual fisherman or weekend cruiser, you most probably would like to upgrade yourself with fish finding instrument. So, you may need to tackle the fish finding or installing an instrument with a better replacement. So, you can take a good look at Garmin echoMap 74sv.

Key Features of Garmin echoMap 74sv

1. Quickdraw Contours

This easy-to-use feature lets you instantly create personalized HD maps with 1-foot contours on your echoMap CHIRP device. Quick draw contours create maps based on the sonar results from an attached transducer.

2. Chirp Sonar

The most sophisticated sonar technology is available for your fishing and boating convenient. The built-in sonar capabilities and included CHIRP provides clear-cut target separation and definition as it puts even more energy onto the target than conventional sonar.

3. Clearest Scanning

This feature is improved with SV series that comes with built-in 500W (RMS) CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP DownVü and Sidevü scanning sonar.

4. Built-in Maps

This GPS fishfinder offers built-in maps and charts. This echoMap has U.S. Bluechart g2 charts, U.S. LakeVü HD maps or Canada LakeVü HD maps.

5. 5HZ GPS

The internal 5 Hz GPS allows you to update position and heading 5 times per second to make marking and returning accurately to waypoints at ease.

6. Auto Guidance

With enhanced version 2.0 auto guidance feature, patented Garmin Auto Guidance technology promptly searches through relevant charts to create a safe, virtual pathway. It helps you to avoid low bridges, shallow water, and other obstructions.

7. GPX Waypoints Transfer

If you have waypoints or tracks stored in another manufacturer’s GPS product or stored in Garmin device, now it’s easier to transfer the waypoints or tracks to your new Garmin chart plotter. GPX is an open standard format for GPS data exchange.

Specifications at a glance

  • Type Garmin 010-01576-01 echoMap Chirp 74sv
  • Product Dimension 9.8 x 2 x 5.5 inches
  • Maximum Depth 2,300ft in freshwater and 1,100ft in saltwater
  • Model Number 010-01576-01
  • Display Size 6.0″x3.6″; 7.0″ diagonal
  • Display Resolution 800×480 pixels
  • Display Type WVGA
  • Transmit Power 500 W (RMS) / 4,000 W (peak to peak)
  • Water Rating IPX7
  • Power Consumption 7.1W
  • Item Weight 1.7lbs
  • Antenna Internal or External over NMEA2000
  • Mounting Options Bail or Flush
  • Receiver 5 Hz
  • Network Ports 1 Panoptix Port


  • Fast and accurate GPS
  • Quick draw Contours
  • Easy to install
  • Easy data transferring


  • Unit cover is not included

Common Questions and Answers

  • Question : Does this unit accept SD or other different cards or maps for updates?
    Answer : It accepts Micro SD cards. echoMap units do not accept vision charts, so this would be the highest possible level for this Garmin unit.
  • Question : Does this include a protective cover?
    Answer : It comes with hard plastic screen cover, and they supply it for the terminal in the mount to prevent it from the weather.

Our Findings

1. Performance

I was going out of the home with my kayak fishing equipment. Instantly, I pondered about the visibility of fishes where I decided to go. I was about to go to California Lake for kayak fishing. The lake was drowned with shabby green leaves floating all over. So, I decided to purchase an echoMap which will be much more efficient for the visibility of fishing. Garmin EchoMap is the precise one I thought at that time. I have got good results as well.This fishfinder features a dual-frequency sonar transducer that allowed me to search deep in the lake and to go over the shabby leaves in a convenient way. The echoMap gets drenched quite a few times, but it can withstand water without worry. The only drawback is, Garmin EchoMap is unsuitable for prolonged immersion.

In a word, we have been inspecting thisGarmin EchoMap for a longer period of time, and we found no problems or issues. This fishfinder offers better design and capability to assist users with observing fishes better which gives it a distinct meaning within all fishfinders out there

2. Ease of use

I had a device that was installed with locations and waypoints of previous fishing points. As I bought this product, I was worried about installing waypoints to the new one. But the new Garmin GPS data exchange capability that allows me to install my previous waypoints. Also, the auto guidance feature helped me go through the waypoints with ease. So, overall Garmin 74sv is a better product.

How to install and maintain the product?

1. Installing this product on the boat

  • Make sure you have the right tools with you
  • Register your fishfinder with manufacturer through email
  • Update your fishfinder software when you take it out of the box
  • Look at your boat and find the right spot to mount it
  • Make sure it properly gets hooked up by wires
  • Wind the wires through by adding sealant around the fishfinder holes
  • Use crimped barrel connectors if you want to lengthen the wires
  • Run the wires to the dash and hold the transducer mount against the transom
  • Hook the transducer up to the wires and find the markings for the transducer mount
  • Tighten the bolts and remember to use sealant to prevent water from getting into the boat

2. Maintaining this product

  • Use a microfiber cloth and lemon cleaner to clean the screen
  • Also, you can use Dawn soap and paper towel
  • Dab the screen with a microfiber cloth and spray electric cleaner
  • Use dielectric grease to protect water from entering your SD card
  • Put your fish finder in a pelican box to protect the screen

Customers’ Feedbacks

In our today’s review, we were more than skeptical about the product than most customers on Amazon did. Its excellent 5stars with average customer reviews from real buyers should be enough to choose it as a better product, but some users went overboard the average positive comment as they shared harsh experiences due to sonar functionality and the product being expensive.

However, this product has Quick draw Contours with custom HD map creation software and includes high, wide CHIRP.

Our Final Thoughts

By now, you know every detail of the Garmin echoMap 74sv fishing kayak. After evaluating this product for a significant amount of time, we came into a conclusion that this product can faultlessly work on different circumstances. As this product features easy-to-install functionality and transducer, this Garmin EchoMap is surely a better product than most of the echoMaps out there.

About the author

Jessica Herron

Hi! This is Jessica. I can be your virtual outdoor buddy, lol! My friends call me a devotee of adventure. I believe, as any outdoor enthusiast does, adventures are all about the thrill. My love consists of a mix of fishing and camping in the wild, if you ask (what thrills you most?). So, I could be of help (through my articles on this website) to any adventure seeker as long as backpacking, survival, camping, hiking, and fishing are concerned. Are you planning to take a trip to the wild next weekend? Maybe, you already are in the middle of a journey. No matter where you are, my words are on the air!

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