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Old 27 March 2019, 13:47   #1
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Forward looking sonar

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Has anyone fitted a forward looking sonar? Iím only looking to use it for coming into little coves in flat water at very slow speed.
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Old 27 March 2019, 15:51   #2
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No but I've looked in the past.

Echopilot in the UK always get good reviews.

Alternatively something like a Garmin Panoptix.

Both are possibly overkill for what you are after however I'll be interested in reading about what people suggest.

I've considered either getting a lookout in the bow armed with a boat hook that is longer than the draught of the boat or dangling the anchor over the front so that runs aground first.
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Old 27 March 2019, 17:38   #3
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Not tried one but I do quite a lot of plugging & flyfishing for bass & do a lot of drifting close in within easy casting distance of the shoreline when conditions are suitable.
Dragonfly 7 plotter/fishfinder & a pair of good polarising glasses (clip-ons in my case).
On summer holiday my fishing area is between Cadgwith & Porthallow as I stay in Coverack so not that far from you.
If you're very close in - looking to land? - then either someone in the bow or come to a stop & use a boathook to check.

There's a writeup on a few from PBO in this link. Seem to have issues with soft bottoms.
http://www.pbo.co.uk/gear/5-forward-...r-tested-29321
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Old 16 April 2019, 05:04   #4
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Hi all,
Has anyone fitted a forward looking sonar? Iím only looking to use it for coming into little coves in flat water at very slow speed.
Cheers

My new Ribcraft is being fitted with Garmin Panoptix Livescope, which is also is a forward looking sonar ..............I have seen it in 'action' and does seem to work pretty well. However, I think for many the drawback will be cost as it doesn't come cheap. For me. it more about fishing than being able to see forwards ........... I will let you know just how good (or bad) it is once I get the boat in a week or so's time.
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...once I get the boat in a week or so's time.
Time must be dragging.
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Time must be dragging.

Well, yes it is, but ............ the weather has been sh1te just lately and also I would rather it be late and done properly than rushed to finish on time
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Looks my forward to seeing the finished build
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Thanks for the info, be interesting to see how it performs. I do a fair bit of fishing too, so be great to get your thoughts on it once you've had some time working with it. Which Ribcraft do you have on order? I purchased a 585 (not new) at the end of last year. In the end I decided to keep to about the 6m length as perfect size for what I want to use it for, I had initially thought about going to round the 7-8m length but decided I also wanted to be able to tow it comfortably with my Transporter camper, rather than having to use my Discovery.
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Hi there GPSGuru,

Hows the new RC performing ? .... have you any updates on how the Panoptix is performing ?

Is it be worth the investment .... i might be in the market to get a new plotter , though probably not till the end of season sales ......

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