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Old 12-06-2002, 07:18 PM
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I am curious [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

Why is there so little talk about forward looking sounders? I have only seen one company (forgot the name) that makes them. It makes soooo much sense to me that you would want to see whats in front of you on the bottom as opposed to whats directly below far as objects are concerned..... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
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Default Forward looking sounder Take a look. I had the 'Probe' model four years ago. I tried very hard to get confidence in the unit. The screen was small with large pixels. I had a Lowrance X-16 at the time, too. No matter how hard I tried I never felt I knew what I was looking at. The images were far and few between. I just didn't like it. I sold it with the boat. Made sence, and all, with forward scanning, real time, etc. Some what toyish. Just didn't work for me! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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I agree with mumblerone,we use to have a interphase on my brother nlaws blackfin,we were excited about looking forward etc... only problem was we didnt know what the heck we were looking at !! after 2 months of messing around with it,we just stopped turning the thing on and relied on our furuno 582,

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To get really usable images you have to spend the big bucks and get a commercial sonar from Wesmar, Simrad, Furuno, etc. Transducer drops thru the hull on a shaft and gives you a 360° view around your boat almost like underwater radar. I've been negotiating to buy a particular used boat that happens to have a Wesmar and the one chance I've had to play with it was pretty awesome. A regular FF image is like looking at the people in a crowded room through a keyhole, a sonar is like looking at those people in the room through a picture window. Takes some getting used to, however.
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Not exactly a forward looking unit but I bought a side looking unit, the Raytheon 470 with the side looking option.

I bought the option for one purpose and that was to see if and when the stripers were stacked up against this jetty wall where I live and fish in Rhode Island.

The stripers stacked there in the spring and right through summer but I wanted to be first to know that they were there [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img].

It never helped much as the side looker always seemed tp pick up so much trash etc.

It was easier and quicker to just stop by the spot and throw an eel in there and it would only take a couple of casts to see if the stripers were home.

Wasted $150.00.


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Chaps is correct. Simrad, Wesmar, Furuno make true sonars. They are not cheap. Cost can be $12K and up, plus you need room for the hoist. Simrad introduced a model at Ft. Lauderdale that has a fixed dome (no hoist) that protrudes only 8" and as a static range of 4,000 feet. It also cost $25K!

The units you are thinking of are Interphase and a company called EchoPilot which make the smaller "toy" units.
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On my last work boat we had the Interphase that had two 'ducers and used our laptop as the display. We never had any confidence in the readings and had trouble interpreting the display ontop of that. No amount of playing with it seemed to make it better. We never were able to get the NEMA stuff on it fully working right either. Several calls to tech support, and all we got was "We'll look into that and get back to you." Never did hear anything back, even after multiple calls to the same technician.
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Forget Interphase, sold one on a boat I had last year. The problem with forward looking sonar is boat motion. Because it is sonar, the unit has to recieve the last pulse before sending the next. In other words the process in an inexpenseve unit is not fast enough to be compatable with movement of a small boat(small meaning under 45'). Until some comes up with a cheap fast image unit, forget it.

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