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jimh posted 02-15-2014 12:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
As anticipated, SIMRAD has at least one major announcement for the Miami International Boat Show 2014: their new forward scanning SONAR product they call ForwardScan.

A few details are given in this press release:

Simrad has announced its new ForwardScan forward-looking echosounder transducer. Unlike traditional sonar that will only show boaters where they have been, the new technology provides a clear image on a Simrad multifunction display of the water column and ocean floor in front of the boat. ForwardScan alerts boaters to potential dangers -- offering complete navigation confidence and added peace of mind in unfamiliar waters.

Designed for boats of every size, the ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel allowing boaters to see what obstruction may be approaching. With an effective range of eight times the actual depth and a built-in user configurable shallow depth alarm, Simrad ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies including Broadband Radar and ensures cruisers avoid costly navigation mistakes. The advanced sounder technology is compatible with the SonarHub sounder module, and Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 series navigation systems. ForwardScan images can also be viewed on a smart phone and viewed and operated from a tablet on vessels equipped with the Simrad GoFree WiFi solution.

"Our new, affordable forward-looking technology will help boaters eliminate the worry of potential groundings in unfamiliar waters, that can be much more than just embarrassing--they can cause extensive damage to running gear, keels and rudders," said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico. "Cruisers will love clear images of what lies ahead, and the confident edge and peace of mind that ForwardScan provides by showing the perfect spot to drop anchor."

The Simrad ForwardScan sonar has a two-year limited parts and labor warranty and is protected by the Simrad Advantage Service Program.


The ForwardScan will work with certain models of SIMRAD chart plotter and SONAR combination devices.

Watch the SIMRAD USA site for more details.

Hoosier posted 02-15-2014 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
I wonder whether this will work with on Lowrance NMEA 2000 network and an HDS MFD?
jimh posted 02-15-2014 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It might in time. NAVICO seems to be trying to differentiate their Lowrance and Simrad brands so they are not quite so overlapping in features.
Jefecinco posted 02-15-2014 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
What a huge step forward.


Hoosier posted 02-15-2014 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
I sure could have used this a couple of years ago when I left a lower unit on a big piece of granite..
jimh posted 02-16-2014 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You might say that this technology really paves the way for boating to move forward.

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