8617 now comes with a 24XD GPS / Heading sensor. This will need to be mounted in an area with no magnetic interference.
GPSMAP 8617 large format multi-function display features a 17 in full HD screen with touch control. Sunlight readable, anti-glare display is exceptionally easy to view and also includes auto dimming feature for use in low light or at night. New maximum glass design enables you to experience a beautifully powerful, completely networked helm at your fingertips. In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD display – an industry first for this class provides consistent, accurate colors from all viewing angles. It also provides standard USB touch output for use as a touchscreen monitor for Windows and Mac operating systems. Install multiple displays with the industry’s lowest flush-mount profile or flat-mount them edge to edge to create a sleek glass helm look. Quick, 1-touch access to the information you need makes boating easier.