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forward looking sonars

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by nilo, Mar 11, 2006.

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  1. nilo

    nilo Senior Member

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    i am looking into various built forward looking sonar to install on a 90 feet boat with semi-displacement aluminum hull with speeds up to 25 knots. i have been using interphase probe on my present planning boat, but i am not very happy with the performance, especially at higher speeds. i have come accross far sounder, and watched the demo on their site, which looks impressive. however, they have presently set the limits for slower speeds. i know that echopilot also produces such equipment and recently furuno has come up with a new product FL7000.

    anyone has personal experience to share?
  2. Crewagency

    Crewagency Guest

    forward sonars

    I have no experience with the below system but it looks good.

    www.farsounder.com

    brgds
  3. nilo

    nilo Senior Member

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    far sounder

    Crewagency i agree with your comments, their presentation at their internet site was quite impressive, especially when you compare it with makes of Echopilot and Interphase. I have already contacted far sounder and I have been advised that presently their product is tested for 10 knots and they have cases where it has also performed around 15 knots. Actually I am looking something which will perform around 20 knots.

    I have been using an Interphase Probe and I have to admit that I am not very impressed with the performance. I wonder if any of the forum members have any first hand experience with Farsounder and new black box versions of Echopilot or Interphase.
  4. Sismondi

    Sismondi New Member

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    I looked at all the forward-looking sonar options a year ago at the Miami boat show with a similar goal -- to use it on an 85-foot boat traveling at 20-20 knots. I came away concluding that the technology just isn't yet to this level. In the future it will get there, no doubt, but I could not find anything capable of doing this now.