Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Echopilot 3D Forward Looking Sonar

Presented here is a 3D, forward looking sonar. I've always wanted one for cruising the islands. If I had one last year, we probably wouldn't have gone aground on a reef in Fiji. It was a cloudy day, and looking down into the water was difficult. Fortunately, with my wife spotting, slow speed, and a quick reaction to a yell from my wife, we scraped the reef and slid up on our keel on quite a flat section; and were able to reverse off. This device would definitely have helped. So, pop over to their web site (Echopilot) to see all the info and a great range of pictures. here's some of their blurb.....


This latest development of the well proven patented Echopilot Forward Looking Sonar displays a 3 dimensional representation of the underwater scene ahead of the boat. The seabed terrain and potential hazards are shown, for the first time, with unparalleled realism. This is a real time sonar image of what is actually ahead of the boat, not a chart rendered into 3D.

Twin retractable transducers ensure complete forward coverage whatever the hull form. The view ahead is 60 degrees in the horizontal plane and over 90 degrees in the vertical plane and the forward range is up to 200 metres. The screen updates every 2 to 3 seconds depending on the range setting. Available as a black box the 3D FLS outputs include S and Composite video, VGA and DVI for a full colour picture on a wide range of compatible displays.

Technical Specifications

Voltage 12/24volts

Operating frequency 200KHz

Forward Range 20 to 200 meters

Depth range 10 to 100 meters

Display Update two seconds / three seconds (dependant on range)

Display Outputs s-video, VGA, DVI

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