Garmin GPSMAP 86i

$939.00 (RRP $1,049.00)

Pay in 4 interest-free payments of $234.75 Learn More

$939.00 (RRP $1,049.00)

Pay in 4 interest-free payments of $234.75 Learn More

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Marine handheld GPS with inReach® satellite communication capabilities

Cast off confidently with the GPSMAP® 86i handheld. Whether you’re out for a day of fishing, sailing or cruising, you’ll gain peace of mind that comes from having a backup navigator with satellite communication and interactive SOS. This premium handheld floats and has a sunlight-readable 3" colour display. Plus, wireless connectivity makes it a virtual extension of your onboard marine system, giving you added awareness and convenience.

Connect with Your Boat

Sync GPSMAP® 86i with compatible Garmin chartplotters and instruments and you’ll see real-time boat data displayed right on your handheld. Plus, it can serve as a remote control for convenient operation of your Garmin autopilot and select FUSION marine products. When you’re underway, an adjustable GPS filter smooths speed and heading indications over swells for more accurate tracking.


Satellite Communication

With built-in inReach satellite technology and additional service options1, GPSMAP® 86i helps you stay in touch globally. Send and receive two-way text messages, track and share your journey, and, if necessary, trigger an interactive SOS to get emergency help from a 24/7 global monitoring center via the 100% global Iridium satellite network. You can also receive marine weather forecasts directly on your device, so you can make educated decisions based on local conditions or the destination ahead.


Compatible with BlueChart g2 and g3 Mapping Charts

GPSMAP® 86i comes preloaded with a worldwide basemap. It is also compatible with BlueChart g2 and g3 coastal charts, giving you industry-leading coverage, clarity and detail with integrated Garmin and Navionics® data. Detailed contours allow you to see 30 cm (1 ft) contours that provide a more accurate depiction of bottom structure for improved fishing charts and enhanced detail in swamps, canals and port plans.

Stay In Touch

Get smart notifications right on your GPSMAP® 86i handheld when you pair it with your compatible smartphone. You can also sync GPSMAP® 86i with the Garmin Explore™ portal and app for cloud management of your favourite waypoints, tracks and routes. GPSMAP® 86i offers Wi-Fi® connectivity, ANT+® technology and Bluetooth® wireless technology for easy wireless updates and connections. For long voyages, its internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 35 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode2.

inReach Subscription Cost

To access the Iridium network and communicate with your 86i device, an active satellite subscription is required. There are multiple plans and tiers available depending on your level of usage.


For outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, explorers, travelers and anyone who needs a global communications solution, an inReach device and satellite subscription can mean added preparedness and peace of mind when you need to stay connected. Choose our monthly Freedom plan or an annual plan to meet your airtime service needs.

  • Monthly Freedom plans are ideal for your next adventure or seasonal use, requiring only a 30-day commitment with the ability to suspend service when you don’t need it.
  • Annual plans are great for year-round use, with lower monthly cost and peace of mind that your inReach device is always ready to use.


Garmin offers an array of flexible inReach professional solutions that helps keep everyone on your team connected, safe, oriented and informed. Our Professional Flexsubscription plans offer three levels that meet the operational needs of your teams or organization, including the following:

  • All Flex plans are month to month and only require a 30-day commitment.
  • You can suspend service in the offseason or when staff is not deployed in the field.
  • You can move up or down a plan for free when your tracking or communication needs change.
  • Enhanced administration tools are available to manage devices, tracking and communications.
  • Advanced API provides access to messaging and tracking data.

All prices are subject to change. Prices are correct as of 30/04/2021 (inReach devices require satellite subscription activation to access the Iridium® satellite network for live tracking and messaging functions, including SOS.

All plans are billed monthly. Subscription plans listed above are for individual consumers only. Plans include applicable VAT. Additional charges apply to text messages, tracking points, and location pings exceeding selected plan limits. For Service Plans that include unlimited texting or tracking, message transmission speeds may be reduced following a period of heavy use. SOS message transmission speed will not be impacted. All annual plans are subject to $49 AUD activation fee. No charge applies to changing an annual plan.

Enrolment in Freedom plans is subject to a $54 AUD annual fee. Freedom plans’ minimum term is 30 days. New 30-day minimum applies to changed Freedom plans. No charge applies to changing a Freedom plan. Service can be suspended a month at a time at no charge. User retains access to inReach data stored on Garmin Explore™ portal while account is suspended. Selected plan auto-renews monthly unless user changes account selections in Garmin Explore™ portal.

SOS Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Text Messages 10 40 Unlimited
Preset Messages Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Tracking Intervals 10+ Minutes 10+ Minutes 2+ Minutes
Send/Track Points $0.15 AUD each Unlimited Unlimited
Location Requests $0.15 AUD each Unlimited Unlimited
Basic Weather 1 text message each 1 text message each Unlimited
Premium Weather $1.50 AUD each $1.50 AUD each $1.50 AUD each
Annual Plans $20.00 AUD/month $40.00 AUD/month $75.00 AUD/month
Freedom Plan $25.00 AUD/month $55.00 AUD/month $99.00 AUD/month
Messages (each) $0.75 AUD $0.75 AUD N/A
SOS Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Text Messages 20 40 Unlimited
Preset Messages Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Tracking Intervals 10+ Minutes 10+ Minutes 2+ Minutes
Send/Track Points $0.15 AUD each Unlimited Unlimited
Location Requests $0.15 AUD each Unlimited Unlimited
Basic Weather 1 text message each 1 text message each Unlimited
Premium Weather $1.50 AUD each $1.50 AUD each $1.50 AUD each
Monthly Flex Fee $30.00 AUD/month $55.00 AUD/month $99.00 AUD/month
Messages (each) $0.75 AUD $0.75 AUD N/A
Suspend Fee $8.00 AUD/month $8.00 AUD/month $8.00 AUD/month

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  • 1 Satellite subscription required
  • 2 Battery life may vary depending on usage; battery is user-replaceable


Physical Dimensions WxHxD: 7 x 17.8 x 4.4 cm
Display size 3.8 x 6.3 cm; 3" diag (7.6 cm)
Display resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Display type Transflective, 65K colour TFT
Weight 272 g
Battery Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Battery life Up to 35 hours in 10-minute tracking mode; up to 200 hours (expedition mode)
Water Rating IPX7
Memory/history 16 GB
High-sensitivity receiver
Interface High-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible

Maps & Memory

Ability to add maps
Storage and power capacity microSD card (not included)
Waypoints/favourites/locations 10,000
Routes 250
Track Log
  • 20,000 points
  • 250 saved gpx tracks
  • 300 saved fit activities


Barometric altimeter
Compass Yes (tilt-compensated 3-axis)

Outdoor recreation features

Area calculation
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads) Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
Geocaching-friendly Yes (paperless)
Custom maps compatible
Hunt/fish calendar
Sun and moon information
Picture viewer

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyse, categorise and share data)

In The Box:

  • GPSMAP® 86i handheld with worldwide basemap
  • Powered mount
  • Lanyard
  • USB to Micro USB cable
  • USB to 2 pin cable
  • Mounting hardware
  • Documentation