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Old 11 December 2003, 12:28   #1
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side scan

Anybody know of a side scan sonar unit readily available to the public? I have a list of wreck sites not charted and want to be able to scan the area first before I dive down. A standard fish finder won't give me the info I want.

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Old 11 December 2003, 13:57   #2
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Old 11 December 2003, 19:52   #3
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What about a 3D fishfinder? Pretty useless for fishing, but maybe what you need. I'll check the info I have to hand and post another reply.

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Old 12 December 2003, 05:09   #4
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Hummingbird make a side scanning echo sounder - model Matrix 35 with a transom mount transducer.
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Old 13 December 2003, 04:43   #5
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Hi folks

Has a Echopilot and never had much luck with it, besides they are forward looking.

If you want somthing that will do the job look at Interphase.
They do some very nice sonars, side scan, 180 deg and 360 deg scan. If fact the top model allows you to set the beam pattern and coverage etc. Not cheap though, but they work.

The other manufacturer is JRC, but then you looking big bucks and are more suited to bigger boats.
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Old 15 July 2005, 18:57   #6
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You might take a look at the new Hummingbird sidescan
They have some pretty good detail of bottom and objects.
You can see some pictures from it on their webpage.
Im thinking of buying one myself.
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Old 16 July 2005, 06:43   #7
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I had an echopilot on my boat when I bought it....a piece of shit!! Saw the hummingbird one advertised in a mag, has anyone got one? I fancy a side scan but having looked at most the best ones always seen to have a fish that must be towed.
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Old 03 January 2006, 17:40   #8
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side scan

here is a page showing a few screen captures
from my new Hummingbird 987c side scan.
these were done in poor weather conditions
should give you an idea how it performs.
I am very happy with it.
I have a telescoping transducer mount on order so I should be able to get it below my out board, the transducer is currantly mounted on the left side of my transom so the OB blocks the right side scans for the most part.
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Old 03 January 2006, 17:44   #9
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I've researched these a bit over the years and Interphase has always been highly rated - but I've never used one personally. Here's a link:
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Old 04 January 2006, 03:30   #10
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I'd been wondering what the real images from a Hummingbird look like, not bad, wonder what it's like at greater depths. Thanks for posting them.

New boat is here, very happy!
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