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Old 06-08-2019, 04:25 AM   #21
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We have the Garmin Panoptix forward scanner connected to some of their sounder capable MFD's.
It is only really useful at very low speeds sneaking into a shallow anchorage.
At normal speeds it is too erratic and often scares the s... out of you by showing you are coming to a solid wall when you are not.
Useful now we have it but not sure its worth the heavy cost difference with "standard" transducers.
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:11 AM   #22
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We have the Garmin Panoptix forward scanner connected to some of their sounder capable MFD's.
It is only really useful at very low speeds sneaking into a shallow anchorage.
At normal speeds it is too erratic and often scares the s... out of you by showing you are coming to a solid wall when you are not.
Useful now we have it but not sure its worth the heavy cost difference with "standard" transducers.
This has been my conclusion as well. Forward is great for anchorages, under 4kts, but it pretty spendy for providing only that.

I don't think there's a good solution yet for automating obstacle detection. Debris in the water is still best detected by keeping watch. Stuff just below the surface, though, that's a lot more challenging.
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I might suggest that hitting obstacles is a forgone conclusion amplified by your cruising areas and habits.


Detection by the most sophisticated gear installed on the worlds most sophisticated vessels is no guarantee...history proves that.


Better your vessel and captain is prepared with collision bulkheads, damage control training, adequate emergency pumping capabilities, etc than equipment....especially without top notch capabilities and trained observers.


When all that is assured, then the equipment is yet another tool.
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It's helpful nosing into anchorages very, very slowly. That's about it.
Guys in my cruising grounds use forward looking sonar to peak under kelp paddies before they get too close. If any fish are under there then the boat stands off at bait casting distance and fun begins.
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