Daniamant is proud to present a new range of Forward Looking Sonar (FLS). EchoPilot’s ‘Black Box’ sonar enables the modern yacht with integrated displays to add colour FLS with a minimum of fuss. Any chartplotter, radar, P.C. or screen with a video input can become a fully functional colour FLS.
FLS enables the skipper to enter strange harbours or difficult anchorages with the extra safety of a view of the sea bed and underwater obstructions ahead. Pilotage in unfamiliar or poorly charted waters, especially at night, becomes more relaxing. EchoPilot’s FLS uses an electronically controlled array to scan the sea bed from straight ahead through 90° to straight down, like an underwater
Realtime FLS is a patented EchoPilot invention. This means that with the whole screen updating continuously should the boat turn towards an obstruction or bank this will appear almost immediately on the screen. (And will disappear as quickly when the boat turns towards safer waters).
Note that a steered transmit phased array system offered by some other manufacturers may take a considerable time to update a full 90° sector.