Garmin Panop­tix PS51-TH Fron­tVŸ Trans­ducer

$1,500; garmin.com

Power & Motor Yacht - - SPORTFISHING -

The Panop­tix PS51-TH is a through-hull phased-ar­ray multibeam trans­ducer that pro­vides the data for for­ward-look­ing sonar, known as Fron­tVü, for com­pat­i­ble Garmin EchoMAP and GPSMAP mul­ti­func­tion dis­play sys­tems. With the proper helm sys­tem in­stalled, the user can sim­ply plug in the PS51-TH to re­al­ize the ben­e­fits of for­ward-look­ing sonar. The trans­ducer uses a nar­row, 20-de­gree beam fo­cused on the bot­tom in front of a mov­ing boat to help the skip­per see pos­si­ble ob­sta­cles and shal­low ar­eas. The for­ward us­able range is about 300 feet, or eight to ten times the depth of the wa­ter. The trans­ducer is equipped with an in­ter­nal at­ti­tude head­ing ref­er­ence sys­tem (AHRS) sen­sor that sta­bi­lizes the mo­tion for ef­fec­tive use in rough seas. The trans­ducer can be in­stalled aft to re­main in the wa­ter on plan­ing hulls, with a pro­gram­mable off­set to help show the dis­tance to tar­get from the bow rather than the trans­ducer’s po­si­tion. Fron­tVü can work in split screen with SideVü and DownVü to give full, around-the-boat sonar images in a mov­ing pic­ture with speeds sim­i­lar to video. The PS51-TH also can of­fer Garmin’s LiveVü For­ward func­tion, which tracks the move­ment of un­der­wa­ter tar­gets even when the boat is sta­tion­ary. For boaters and an­glers who want to know what’s go­ing on be­neath the sur­face, the Garmin PS51-TH may help fill in some of the blanks.

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