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Garmin ECHOMAP™ Plus 43cv

4.3" chartplotter with CHIRP and CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar, plus preloaded LakeVü g3 maps

Item # 150ECP43CV

Garmin's ECHOMAP Plus 43cv chartplotter gives you clear view of all those fish you're trying to find, thanks...

Garmin's ECHOMAP Plus 43cv chartplotter gives you clear view of all those fish you're trying to find, thanks...

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About the Garmin ECHOMAP™ Plus 43cv

The more you see, the smarter you fish

Garmin's ECHOMAP Plus 43cv chartplotter gives you clear view of all those fish you're trying to find, thanks to Garmin CHIRP and CHIRP ClearVü sonar. This compact device comes preloaded with LakeVü g3 maps, and it includes Garmin's Quickdraw Contours custom HD map creation software.

The more you see, the smarter you fish

Garmin's ECHOMAP Plus 43cv chartplotter gives you clear view of all those fish you're trying to find, thanks to Garmin CHIRP and CHIRP ClearVü sonar. This compact device comes preloaded with LakeVü g3 maps, and it includes Garmin's Quickdraw Contours custom HD map creation software.

Preloaded with LakeVü maps

The LakeVü g3 maps with integrated Navionics data cover 17,000 total lakes – 13,000 of which are HD lakes with 1-foot contours shore-to-shore. You'll get detailed views of underwater features, plus you can use Shallow Water Shading to designate a minimum depth. The ECHOMAP Plus 43cv also shows interstates, highways, general roads and bridges, designated fishing areas, docks, boat ramps, marinas, and campgrounds.

Ultra-accurate sonar

The Plus 43cv comes with the GT-20TM transducer for both CHIRP sonar and Garmin CHIRP ClearVü. This ultra-accurate scanning sonar gives you a nearly photographic image of what's going on below your boat. You'll see the fish, plus the structures and submerged objects they're trying to hide behind. Ultra-fast processing refreshes your position and heading 5 times per second, so onscreen movement looks fluid on the 4.3" sunlight-visible color display.

Transfer your waypoints

If you have waypoints, tracks or frequently used routes stored on another manufacturer's GPS product – or on a Garmin handheld device – you can transfer those items to this Garmin ECHOMAP, via GPX Waypoints Transfer.

Make and share maps

The 43cv includes preloaded Quickdraw Contours software that lets you create your own HD maps with 1-foot contours. You'll own the maps, so you can keep the data to yourself or share it with the Garmin Quickdraw community. No surveying expertise is needed – you just fish and let your Garmin handle the map creation.

Even more handy info

Need more info? You can use the microSD™ card slot to add accessory maps purchases, like LakeVü HD Ultra or BlueChart g3 Vision HD, which adds Garmin Auto Guidance and other great features.

Powerful and portable

Keeping your ECHOMAP Plus 43cv safe and secure when you're not onboard is easy. The cords plug directly into the mount, so you won't have to waste time plugging and unplugging wires. Just remove your ECHOMAP from power and the quick-release mount, then stow it away and go.


Product highlights:

  • 4.3" chartplotter/sonar combo
  • includes GT-20TM transducer
  • transom and trolling motor mounts included
  • CHIRP sonar plus Garmin CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar
  • preloaded with Garmin LakeVü g3 HD maps
  • WQVGA display (480 x 272)
  • microSD card slot for expandable memory
  • preloaded Quickdraw Contours map creation software
  • GPX waypoints transfer
  • multiple depth range shading
  • transom and trolling motor mounts included
  • cords plug directly into the mount for quick removal
More Info:
  • maximum depth: 2300 ft. (fresh water); 1100 ft. (salt)
  • internal 5 Hz GPS/GLONASS updates position and heading 5 times per second
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • dimensions: 4" x 6-1/2" x 3-1/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 010-01885-05

What's in the box:

  • ECHOMAP Plus 43cv display/control unit
  • Tilt swivel mount
  • Swivel base
  • Cable locking bracket
  • 6' Power cable
  • GT20-TM ClearVü transducer with attached 20' cable (4-pin plug)
  • Transducer transom mount
  • Five M4 x 8mm screws
  • Five 4mm star washers
  • Trolling motor transducer mount
  • Hose clamp
  • Four 5.5" plastic wire ties
  • Transom mounting bracket
  • Two 20mm bracket screws
  • M5 x 43mm pan-head bolt
  • Metal flat washer
  • Rubber flat washer
  • M5 Nylock nut
  • Cable entry cover
  • 2 Cable clamps
  • Four M4 x 12mm screws
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Installation Instructions
  • Transducer Transom Mount template
  • Transducer Transom-mount/Trolling Motor Mount Installation Instructions
  • Garmin Support sheet
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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The Garmin ECHOMAP™ Plus 43cv replaces these items:

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Fishfinder Features
Chartplotting Features


Overview: The Garmin ECHOMAP Plus 43cv is a combination chartplotter and fishfinder. It has a loaded LakeVü g3 map and a microSD slot for adding more specialized and detailed charts and maps that are available from Garmin. The ECHOMAP Plus 43cv has a 4.3" (diagonal) full color display, and can be mounted on the supplied quick-release tilt/swivel base. The fishfinder has a 500-watt, dual-frequency sonar transducer that lets you search for fish to a maximum depth of 2300 feet in fresh water or 1100 feet in salt water. The unit has a water rating of IPX7, and can withstand being splashed with water without worry, but unsuitable for prolonged immersion.

Display: The ECHOMAP Plus 43cv has a 2.1" (wide) x 3.7" (high), 4.3" diagonal full color WVGA display with 272 x 480 pixels. It has a variable backlight adjustment (automatic or manual), with day and night color schemes that change automatically or you can set manually.

Keypad: The echoMAP Plus 43cv features a convenient keypad for operating the device. The keypad consists of eight buttons and a 4-way control:

  • Power: The Power button turns the unit on and off. It also lets you quickly adjust the backlight or color, and disable the sonar, when you quickly press and release.
  • Zoom: The "+" and "-" buttons let you zoom in and out of a view.
  • 4-way Control: The 4-way control lets you scroll, highlight options, and move the cursor.
  • Select: The Select button selects the highlighted option and acknowledges messages.
  • Back: The Back button returns you to the previous screen, or to the home screen when held.
  • Menu: The Menu button opens and closes the menu page.
  • Mark: The Mark button saves the present location as a waypoint, allowing you to navigate to that point at a later time.

Global Positioning System: The ECHOMAP Plus 43cv has a built-in GPS receiver that collects data from overhead satellites to establish your current location. The GPS signal strength is indicated on the top of the screen in a bar graph (5 bars maximum). The device is equipped with a 5Hz GPS receiver which refreshes its position and heading 5 times per second. In addition, the unit coordinates the timing of the sonar return in relation to the boat's position to give you amazingly accurate waypoints or for pinpointing fishing hotspots.

Charts and Maps: The unit has preloaded US LakeVü g3 Detail maps with integrated Navionics data, which include over 17,000 US lakes, rivers, and reservoirs with 1-foot contours shoreline to shoreline. The maps provide excellent detail of underwater features, as well as Shallow Water Shading for designating a minimum depth. Major highways, roads, and bridges, designated fishing areas, docks, boat ramps, marinas, and campgrounds are also shown on the detailed maps. You can upgrade the unit by adding Garmin BlueChart g3 Vision coastal maps and LakeVü g3 Ultra maps of various US regions, available on microSD or download.

Quickdraw Contours: The ECHOMAP Plus 43sv features Quickdraw Contours software already installed on the device. This free software allows you to tailor the preloaded maps and create your own HD maps on the screen. While you fish, Quickdraw Contours creates the maps based on the sonar results from an attached compatible transducer (including the supplied ClearVü transducer). If you are using more than one transducer, you can choose which sonar device gives you the best results. You can share your Garmin Quickdraw Contours maps with others on the online Garmin Quickdraw Community.

Mounting Options: The 43cv consists of a display/control unit and a tilting bail mount with a quick release feature. The mount also includes a cradle for the display. You can also flush-mount the display/control unit into your dashboard with an optional flush-mounting kit.

Fishfinder Features

CHIRP Sonar: The ECHOMAP Plus 43cv is equipped with the 500-watt Garmin GT20-TM transducer which has both CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVü sonar, two of the most sophisticated sonar technologies available for boaters and fishermen. Compared to standard sonar, which sends one frequency at a time, CHIRP (Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse) sends a continuous sweep of frequencies within a range from low to high. As a result, CHIRP sonar creates much greater target separation and crisper fish arches. Traditional sonar transducers emit a conical beam, while ClearVü sonar casts two narrow beams, similar to that of a copying machine. Using traditional sonar, the transducer supports 50kHz, 77kHz, 83kHz, and 200kHz for returns from depths of up to 2300 feet in fresh water (1100 feet in salt water), plus CHIRP ClearVü sonar at 260kHz, 455kHz, and 800kHz for greater accuracy in shallower depths down to 250 feet. The transducer comes with both a transom mount and a trolling motor mount.

GT20-TM Dimensions (on transom mount): Width 2.565", Height 3.592", Depth 6.8125"

Sonar Views: The ECHOMAP Plus 43cv's sonar display scrolls from right to left to show the sonar readings from the transducer. The bottom depth is displayed in large numerals, along with the water temperature, and water speed. The unit has an adjustable depth range, and the depth scale is shown at the bottom of the screen, along with the transducer frequency. You can choose from four basic styles of sonar views:

  • Full Screen: You can view in full screen your choice of traditional or ClearVü sonar.
  • Split-screen: The split-screen sonar views let you view different combinations of sonar data simultaneously, such as traditional sonar and ClearVü.
  • Split-zoom: The split-zoom view shows a full-view graph of sonar readings, and a magnified portion of that graph on the same screen.
  • Split-frequency: In the split-frequency sonar view, one side of the screen shows a full-view graph of high frequency sonar and the other side shows a full-view graph of lower frequency sonar data.

Chartplotting Features

Chart Views: The ECHOMAP Plus 43cv has US LakeVü g3 Maps. The display will let you view these maps in several ways:

  • Navigation Chart: This view shows the navigation data on the included maps with details including buoys, lights, cables, depth soundings, marinas, and tide stations in an overhead view.
  • Perspective 3D Chart: The 3D chart provides a view from above and behind your vessel, and provides a visual navigation aid. This view is helpful when navigating tricky shoals, reefs, bridges, or channels, as well as entry and exit routes in unfamiliar harbors.
  • Fishing Chart: The Fishing Chart provides a detailed view of the bottom contours and depth surroundings. Navigational data is removed, and the bottom contours are enhanced for depth recognition. It is best for offshore deep-sea fishing.
  • Other Views: With some premium charts, you can use the Mariner's Eye 3D view for more detailed, 3-dimensional representations of your location. The Fish Eye 3D view shows an underwater view with greater detail of the sea floor, according to the chart information. With an optional sonar transducer, you can see suspended targets (such as fish) indicated as bright colored spheres.

Waypoints: You can mark and save up to 5000 waypoints into the unit's memory. Waypoints can be marked at your present location, or you can enter the coordinates to a waypoint at a different location. Each waypoint can be saved with a name, symbol, depth, and comments. Once a waypoint has been saved, you can select and navigate to its location. You can also measure the distance to the waypoint on the Waypoint Map.

Routes: A route is a sequence of waypoints or locations that leads you to your final destination. You can create and immediately navigate a route on the Navigation chart or the Fishing chart, or create a route by putting together a series of waypoints and turns. Up to 100 routes can be created and saved in the device.

Tracks: A track is a recording of the current path of your boat. You can designate a color for each track to differentiate them from each other. Tracks are created by automatically marking the current location at a set interval. The interval can be adjusted--recording more frequent plots increases accuracy, but fills up the track log quicker. You can also record tracks by the distance between points, or the variance from your course. You can log and save up to 50 tracks with 50,000 points.

Boundaries: Boundaries allow you to remain in or avoid designated areas in a body of water. You can set up an alarm to alert you when you enter or exit a boundary. Boundaries can be areas, lines, or circles on the map. Saved tracks and routes can also be converted into boundary lines.

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Does the maps loaded include rivers? Like the Mississippi, or Missouri? Can they be added or bought?
[ Michael  Jun 06, 2022 ]
1 answer
The preloaded maps include some rivers, such as the various pools of the Mississippi, but does not cover all. There is a more detail list of included bodies of water on Garmin's webpage for LakeVü g3. There are two more advanced versions of LakeVü g3 (Ultra-East and Ultra-West), but they only appear to add more lakes, not rivers. Unfortunately the Missouri River is not included based on my research.
[ Z  Jun 06, 2022 ]  Staff
How is the mph displayed?
[ Sid  Jan 16, 2022 ]
1 answer
it is on the main screen under the depth and the water temp
[ Clint  Jan 16, 2022 ]
Does this show your current mph on the screen?
[ Robert  Dec 08, 2020 ]
2 answers
yes it does
[ Clint  Jan 16, 2022 ]
it does on mine.
[ Clint  Dec 08, 2020 ]

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