FarSounder has announced a new sonar and a new name for its series of 3D forward-looking navigation sonars. With the company’s continued growth and focus on research and development, it was time to give the series a name and offer more alternatives. The new name is the Argos series and there are now three models in the series. The latest model the Argos 350 is being revealed for the first time at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).
The latest in 3D forward-looking sonar technology has kept yachts safe from shallows and in-water obstacles since 2005, but the largely under-served market of yachts up to 60m will now be able to enjoy FarSounder’s
3D real-time software functionality in a smaller size and at a lower price.
This new sonar option has all the same applications and quality found in its other navigational sonars, but it has been designed with a smaller and lighter transducer and will have a 350m range of detection. It is well-suited for mid-sized yachts. As in its other two models, the Argos 1000 and Argos 500, the design allows for an easy, fixed installation.
The Argos 350 offers another alternative as well: it can be connected to a hoist in a 10-inch diameter sea chest. This means that many more yachts – including high-performance sailing vessels and motoryachts with planing hulls – will now have easier access to the technology.
“The creative FarSounder team has worked tirelessly to provide a smaller and lower-cost solution for mid-sized vessels. This was a goal of ours for many years,” FarSounder’s CEO Cheryl M. Zimmerman explains. “Ultimately, we are elated to bring our forward-looking sonar to a wider market without compromising on the quality our customers have come to expect from our innovative forward-looking sonar systems.”
All of FarSounder’s Argos Series of forward-looking sonars are designed to guide yachts safely through unknown waters and in risky environments. The data is shown in a 3D display as well as an overlay on a nautical chart, allowing yachts to navigate reefs and shallow wrecks, as well as avoid debris in the water such as shipping containers. It is also useful in Arctic regions; it will alert navigators to dangers such as icebergs and rock pinnacles.
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