Re: Forward looking Sonar - Amel 54 - Furuno NavNet Plotter Network
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Ken and All,
I searched for one of the Echo Pilot 2D units (part #81034 with the bronze transducer housing) from US stores and found no stock. Also a statement on one website that said that the manufacturer has discontinued this item. I did not follow up on this but did see that a newer 3D Echo Pilot using 2 transducers is available at about 10X the price.. SVB24 had 3 of the 2D units still in stock, now they have 2 since I just ordered one. They are currently on sale for 1,092.39 Euros.
I don't expect this unit to be useful at all times and believe that it is hard to beat a good set of eyes on the bow or up the mast. Still if this new tool prevents even one grounding it seems like it is a no brainer to add to the boat. I have had to change anchorages at night before where chart information was poor or non existent. I am hoping that under such conditions that this instrument can make such a move less stressful, we will see. Thank you Ken for your input on the Echo Pilot 2D.
Best to all,
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.