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My pennyworth . We have had an Echopilot since new , 20 years ago . We very rarely use it .
However , in Chile we met a local guy with a wooden yacht who surveyed the canales in the south on behalf of fish farm companies . Much of his time was spent in uncharted waters . His experience was to set the forward range at no more than 50 m . He claimed
it was the most essential tool he had .
We did use it in Chile when entering uncharted caletas at very slow speeds and on a handful of occasions it served us well .
I suspect that you need to practice a lot with it to get the best use of it.
Elsewhere its greater comfort is in having a backup depth sounder in case the B&G packed up .
Ian and Judy , Pen Azen , SM 302 , Kithnos , Greece
On 29 Sep 2020, at 19:29, James Alton via groups.io <lokiyawl2@...> wrote:
I was originally thinking of something that would interface with my B&G display but I think that you make a really good point about having a stand alone system in this case. It helps a lot to hear from someone like yourself that has a lot of recent
experience with a product, so thank you for sharing. Easy and simple have a lot of value in my book as well so I will take a good hard look at the Echo Pilot option.
Fair winds to you both,
James and Joann Alton
From: Ken Powers SV Aquarius <ken@...>
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2020 11:44 am
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Forward looking Sonar - Amel 54 - Furuno NavNet Plotter Network
I like the fact that the Echo Pilot is completely separate from the rest of the navigation equipment. I would like a radar overlay on the chart plotter, but not the FLS. You can spend more to have an integrated system, but I'm not sure it's useful for the
FLS. When I am in shallow water, I have the Echo Pilot going, and a few maps running. Got my airplane pilot scan going, 1sec per screen, and then out of the cockpit... and repeat. The FLS is just one of the inputs.
Is this the best? That, I could not say, because this is all I know. Echo Pilot is easy to install, easy to use, and easy to set up. Once set up, if the FLS needs more than an on off button that's too much. For this reason, It's the best for me.