FLIBS 2014: Simrad touts new sounder technology

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Simrad will use the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to aggressively promote its new ForwardScan forward-looking echosounder technology.

“ForwardScan gives you a clear picture of the water column and bottom in front of the boat,” Matthew Laster, product expert for the Navico brands Simrad, Lowrance and B&G, told journalists Wednesday. “This is not a fishfinding sonar, but a navigational one. It really alerts boaters to potential dangers in the water ahead of them. It will give the boater more peace of mind and confidence.”

Laster presented the product to journalists at the Active Interest Media “Meet the Editors” event at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

Designed for boats of every size, the ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel. Its range can be as much as eight times the actual water depth. The typical range is four to five times the water depth, Laster said.

The advanced sounder technology is compatible with the Simrad SonarHub sounder module and the Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 series navigation systems.

ForwardScan images can also be viewed on a smartphone and viewed and operated from a tablet on vessels equipped with the Simrad GoFree Wi-Fi solution. The product includes only four components — the ForwardScan transducer, a stainless sleeve, a blanking plug and a fairing block.

ForwardScan is also offered through Navico’s B&G brand and is available with the B&G Zeus 2 display.

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