Garmin Panoptix PS51-TH FrontVŸ Transducer
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.