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Forward Facing Sonar

Is anyone using this technology?

 

peter g

2000 C36, MK2, Hull. #1897
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful ! ! !.   5 th Catalina

 

 

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peter g

2000 C36, MK2, Hull. #1897
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful ! ! !.   5 th Catalina

 

 

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Yes, but not on a Catalina...:-))

 

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Durk Nijdam
S/V "SILER"
Catalina 36MKII - 2001 / hullnr. 2013
Stavoren - Holland
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And what were your thoughts on it???  Brand? Ease of use? Would you buy one???

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peter g

2000 C36, MK2, Hull. #1897
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful ! ! !.   5 th Catalina

 

 

True Wind
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I am using it on my C36. I'ts actually manufactured by Airmar but labeled by B&G and Simrad. It works great, It's basically it's a transducer that is angled in a forward manner.

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I have B&G Zeus 2 with a NMEA2000 backbone, so plugging in another sensor is relatively easy.  I was considering forward scan for the empty spot up in my hull.  I anchor in some gunk holes with skinny water.  It might be nice to have an alarm go off if I was approaching some kind of obstruction or anything else not on the chart.  It is a bit pricey, about $500.  I certainly think its relative to the forum and worthy of the question.  I think it comes down to the kind of waters you cruise in.  If you're in skinny, unfamiliar water frequently, I think it's great technology.  

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Hi Peter,
The forward facing sonar I am referring to is installed on a very big pleasure yacht, make Farsounder, never used and a real waste of money. 
This kind is all beyond our Catalina-hobby and not relevant for this forum.

 

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Durk Nijdam
S/V "SILER"
Catalina 36MKII - 2001 / hullnr. 2013
Stavoren - Holland
True Wind
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The forward looking sonar does not connect to a NMEA 2000 network. It is installed directly to the back of the B&G MFD in sonar #2 connector..

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2003 Catalina 36
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On one Panbo review the guy broke the transceiver before he could test it. A stray chunk of wood destroyed it. As was said earlier it has an angled face that sticks out about 1.5” below the hull.
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Les & Trish Troyer
Mahalo 
Everett, WA
1983 C-36 Hull #0094
C-36 MK 1 Technical Editor. 

Commodore Elect 

 

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