Simrad Introduces Forwardscan®


Simrad, world-leader in the design and manufacture of marine electronics, announced today its new ForwardScan® forward-looking echosounder transducer. Unlike traditional sonar, that will only show boaters where they have been, this new technology provides a clear image on a Simrad multifunction display of the water column and ocean floor in front of the boat. ForwardScan® alerts boaters to potential dangers — offering complete navigation confidence and added peace of mind in unfamiliar waters.

Designed for boats of every size, the ForwardScan transducer can be fitted on almost any kind of vessel, allowing boaters to see obstructions that may be approaching. With an effective range of eight times the actual depth and a built-in user configurable shallow depth alarm, Simrad ForwardScan integrates seamlessly with other collision avoiding technologies - including Broadband Radar - and ensures power boaters avoid costly navigation mistakes. The advanced sounder technology is compatible with the SonarHub™ sounder module, and Simrad NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 series navigation systems. ForwardScan images can also be viewed on a smartphone and viewed and operated from a tablet, when used on vessels equipped with the Simrad GoFree™ WiFi solution.

“This new, affordable forward-looking technology will help boaters eliminate the worry of potential groundings in unfamiliar waters. It can be much more than just embarrassing to run aground—it can cause extensive damage to running gear, keels and rudders,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico. “Power boaters will love clear images of what lies ahead, and the confident edge and peace of mind that ForwardScan provides by showing the perfect spot to drop anchor.”

The Simrad ForwardScan sonar has a Standard warranty and is protected by the Simrad Advantage Service Program.


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About Simrad:  The Simrad brand is dedicated to providing navigation and marine electronic solutions for powerboats. It is a wholly owned part of Navico. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.