Fully Integrated Black Box System

  • Compatible with our 15″, 17″ and 19″ multi-touch marine monitors
  • Switch all monitors in sync to a custom preset mode with SmartMode
  • Integrates sonar technologies, autopilot, connectivity, apps, engine data and more
  • Pairs with external GPS 19x 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver to update position and heading 10 times per second
  • Low profile flush mount or smooth flat mount

The GPSMAP 8500 black box system provides a powerfully simple, fully-integrated helm that can give your boat a beautiful glass helm look. Enjoy pinch-to-zoom on the worldwide, satellite-enhanced basemap and SmartMode™ control when accompanied by our marine 15″, 17″ and 19″ touchscreen monitors.

Add Multi-touch Monitors

Enjoy full touchscreen operation including pinch-to-zoom and other touch controls for intuitive operation when accompanied by our marine 15″ (XGA resolution)17″ (SXGA resolution) and 19″ (SXGA resolution) touchscreen monitors (sold separately). Anti-glare and LED backlighting makes it easy to view in bright sunlight. And auto-dimming provides outstanding visibility at night.

Full System Integration

Integrates various sonar technologies, integrated autopilot, connectivity, apps, engine data and multi-media. Everything you need is at your fingertips, all on one screen.

Customize Layouts with SmartMode™

You can quickly change all screens at a helm in sync to a preset mode with the SmartMode. Switch all monitors in sync from one mode to another without manually switching each monitor separately. Fully customizable layouts, data and gauges allow you to place the information you need to see right where you want it.

Pair with GPS 19x 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS Receiver

Can be paired with our GPS 19x external 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver that updates position and heading 10 times per second to display a more fluid vessel movement and dramatically improves your ability to accurately mark and navigate to 5,000 waypoints (sold separately).

Requires Garmin Card Reader

Provides convenient remote mounting and a single access point for 2 SD™ card slots for mapping. You can add multiple card readers for additional access points. Waterproof magnetic door allows card reader to be mounted horizontally or vertically (sold separately).

GRID™ (Garmin Remote Input Device)

GRID is a remote device that provides full control of all GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm series devices. Rotary knob and joystick controls provide navigation through menus and screens and allows you to seamlessly navigate between monitors at a station. Control single or multiple monitors with one device. Supports multiple devices per station. Small footprint can be integrated into a captain’s chair (sold separately).

Flexible Mounting Options

The 8000 Glass Helm series is compatible with the traditional bail mount, or you can step up to the low-profile flush mount. For the ultimate in custom appearance, check out our exclusive flat-mount glass helm option.

 

Physical & Performance

Unit dimensions, WxHxD 16.0” x 9.4” x 4.9” (40.6 x 23.95 x 12.35 cm)
Display size, WxH none
Display resolution, WxH up to 1280 x 1024 pixels (external monitor required)
Display type none (external display)
Weight 10.85 lb (4.92 kg)
Battery none
Battery life none
Waterproof Yes (IPX7)
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
Antenna external
NMEA input/output 4 NMEA 0183 inputs, 2 NMEA 0183 outputs, 1 NMEA 2000 port
Power consumption 0.9A at 12V; 0.5A at 24V

Maps & Memory

Basemap Yes
Preloaded maps No
Ability to add maps Yes
Built-in memory 64 GB
Accepts data cards external Garmin Card Reader (accepts SD™ cards)
Waypoints/favorites/locations 5,000
Routes 100
Track log 50,000 points; 50 saved tracks

Features & Benefits

Garmin radar compatible Yes
Garmin sonar compatible Yes
Garmin Marine Network™ compatible Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Supports AIS (tracks target ships’ position) Yes
Supports DSC (displays position data from DSC capable VHF radio) Yes
Audible alarms Yes
Tide tables Yes
Hunt/fish calendar No
Sun and moon information Yes
3-D map view Yes (with Optional BlueChart g2 Card)
Auto Guidance Yes
XM WX Weather & Radio for U.S. & Canada compatible Yes
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads) No
Voice prompts (e.g. “Turn right in 500 ft.”) No
Speaks street names (e.g. “Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.”) No
Headphone jack/audio line-out No
Audio/video input/output Yes
Portable No
Automotive/motorcycle-friendly No
Additional Interface Inputs/Outputs: 1 House CAN port, 1 Engine CAN port, 4 Garmin Marine NetworkTM ports, 1 Garmin Monitor port, 4 composite BNC video inputs for onboard cameras, 2 DVI-I monitor video outputs

Garmin SmartMode™ compatible: yes

  • GPSMAP 8500
  • Mounting hardware
  • Power cable
  • NMEA 0183 cable
  • NMEA 2000 2 m backbone/drop cable
  • NMEA 2000 power cable
  • NMEA 2000 T-connector & terminator kit
  • Manual case with documentation
For more accessories, please contact our staff or visit Garmin.com.