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Interphase goes forward

Interphase Technologies, Inc. has introduced a new affordable forward-scanning sonar system developed to help skippers avoid potentially dangerous conditions.

The Interphase Escort, available in Australia through Coursemaster Autopilots’ dealers around Australia, uses a 12-degree beam to scan a vertical segment of the water ahead of the boat, from the surface down to the bottom.

The Escort is able to detect targets as much as 360 metres ahead of the boat and up to 180 metres below to give mariners the security and confidence they need to navigate tricky or unfamiliar waters.

Targets are displayed in 12 colours based on signal strength, to help determine whether they’re approaching a harmless school of baitfish or a dangerous submerged object.

The Escort is designed for easy connection with popular multifunction displays from leading manufacturers including Raymarine, Furuno, Garmin, Lowrance and Seiwa, using the unit’s composite video output/input.

Navigators can also connect the Escort to inexpensive computer monitors on enclosed vessels and can offer optional simultaneous two-station capabilities on larger vessels.

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