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October 17, 2003

Garmin® Enhances Coverage, Detail with BlueChart® Version 5.5

OLATHE, Kan— Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that it will begin offering more coverage areas in greater detail in its latest version of MapSource® BlueChart® marine charting (version 5.5).

"With the latest release of BlueChart, Garmin continues to make it a priority to produce the best marine charting available," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s Director of Marketing. "We’re proud to say that through a series of enhancements to coverage area and chart detail, BlueChart continues its standing as a leader in quality and value for boaters."

BlueChart (V. 5.5) is an updated CD-ROM for the Americas, Atlantic, or Pacific that will include bathymetric charts and updated depth contours, inter-tidal zones, spot soundings, wrecks, navaids, restricted areas, cable areas, anchorages and many other points of interest. The Americas version will feature all available Canadian charts for the Great Lakes area, provided by Nautical Data International, Inc. (NDI) — Canada’s leading cartography provider.

MapSource BlueChart (V. 5.5) is also available in pre-programmed data cards. BlueChart data is compatible with all Garmin marine chartplotters, including the GPSMAP® 162/168, GPSMAP 182/188, GPSMAP 232/238, GPSMAP 2006/2010, GPSMAP 176C, and the GPSMAP 196. The GPS V®, GPSMAP 76 series, iQue™ 3600, Rino® 120, eTrex Legend® and eTrex Vista® also offer limited compatibility with BlueChart.

The BlueChart Americas CD includes coverage of the East and West coasts of the U.S., the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada, Central and South America. The Atlantic CD includes the coastlines of Western Europe, the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. Pacific coverage includes Australia and New Zealand.

The MapSource BlueChart (V. 5.5) update CD for the Americas version will be available in late October, with a suggested retail price of $151.65. American pre-programmed regular-sized data cards are available for a suggested retail price of $160.70. For consumers wishing to upgrade to the new version from an earlier version of BlueChart, Garmin suggests visiting for further details.

Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, MapSource, BlueChart, GPSMAP, GPS V, Rino, eTrex Legend, and eTrex Vista are registered trademarks, and iQue is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s future product introductions are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin. Information concerning risk factors that could affect Garmin’s actual results is contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2002 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded from