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December 26, 2003

Garmin® Fishfinder 250C Blends Color, Reliability, Affordability

OLATHE, Kan./December 26, 2003/PR Newswire — Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the Fishfinder 250C, a powerful sonar with a brilliant high-resolution color display and abundant features that serious anglers demand, yet priced in a range that even casual fishermen can afford.

"Garmin is known for delivering high quality, easy-to-use sonar," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "The Fishfinder 250C continues that tradition with proven Garmin dependability, a wide array of features, and a dazzling color display — all at an affordable price that will appeal to a wide range of anglers."

The Fishfinder 250C boasts a 4.5-inch diagonal screen with a 320 x 320-pixel count, 16-color display that’s easy to read — even in direct sunlight. The unit incorporates a patented CCFL backlight dimming system for comfortable viewing at any time. Pro anglers expect bright color displays to continue an increase in popularity among fishermen of all skill levels.

In addition to the color version, Garmin is also offering a monochrome version – named the Fishfinder 250 – which features a 10-level grayscale 320 x 320-pixel count display. Both color and monochrome versions are available with either a dual-frequency 50/200 kHz transducer for deep-water applications, or a single-frequency 200 kHz transducer for inland lakes and bays.

All configurations feature Garmin’s See-Thru® technology — which separates fish from thermoclines and structure — and Depth Control Gain (DCG®), for clear and accurate readouts at different depths and speeds. Additionally, anglers can connect a Garmin GPS receiver (sold separately) to the unit to show navigational data and mark waypoints directly from the Fishfinder’s keypad.

The Fishfinder 250 and 250C’s slim profile also makes them ideal for mounting in-dash or on the bow. The unique quick-release, one-knob tilt swivel-mount allows for easy viewing at any angle.

Specifications for the Fishfinder 250 and 250C include:

  • 250C: 320 x 320 pixel, sunlight-readable 16-color CSTN with adjustable CCFL backlight
  • 250: 320 x 320 pixel, grayscale, 10-level FSTN with adjustable CCFL backlight
  • Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) transducer: 500 watts (RMS), 4000 watts (PTP)
  • Single-frequency (200 kHz) transducer: 400 watts (RMS), 3200 watts (PTP)
  • Unit dimensions: 6.1"W x 4.9"H x 2.9"D
  • Internal memory backup for user settings with power disconnected
  • Separate speed sensor available on 250C
  • Temperature log to maintain a graphical record of temperature data
  • Adjustable range, gain, zoom, and bottom lock
  • Alarms: shallow water, deep water, fish by size, drift, timer, water temperature, and low battery voltage

The Fishfinder 250/250C is expected to be available in March 2004, and will ship standard with a transom-mount transducer, power cable, swivel mounting bracket, unit cover, and owner’s manual. A separate speed sensor is also included with the 250C model. The 250C with a single-frequency transducer has an MSRP of $479.99, and the 250C with a dual-frequency transducer is priced at $535.70 (MSRP). The 250 monochrome with a single-frequency configuration has an MSRP of $255.99, and the dual-frequency transducer model is priced at $289.27 (MSRP).


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, See-Thru, and DCG are registered trademarks, and Fishfinder 250C and Fishfinder 250 are trademarks 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