ELITE WAY SPOT ON TO FIND FISH

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NEW range of colour fish find­ers and GPS chart plot­ters is ex­pected to make an im­pact on the North­ern Ter­ri­tory boat­ing scene.

Lowrance’s new Elite se­ries has high­per­for­mance, easy-to-use elec­tron­ics at an af­ford­able price.

There are three mod­els in the range: the Elite-5x fish finder, Elite-5m GPS chart plot­ter and Elite-5 combo.

All have been de­signed with a 12.7cm, 480 x 480-pixel So­larMAX 256-colour dis­play, which of­fers high­level bright­ness for su­pe­rior view­ing of chart de­tail and sonar graphs, even in the bright­est sun­light con­di­tions and from wide view­ing an­gles.

The Elite 5x fish finder and Elite-5 combo also fea­ture dual-fre­quency fish find­ers, which pro­vide great clar­ity, deep-wa­ter per­for­mance and ex­cel­lent tar­get sep­a­ra­tion.

The op­tion of 83 or 200KHz echo sound­ing cov­ers prac­ti­cally all sit­u­a­tions, from the rel­a­tively shal­low gulfs to the open ocean.

The Elite se­ries chart plot­ters pro­vide out-of-the-box, plug-and-play nav­i­ga­tion.

They are easy to use, ac­cu­rate and suit­able for boats of all sizes and applications.

Mas­ter­ing the chart plot­ter func­tion takes less than half an hour of prac­tice.

The Elite-5x and Elite-5 fish finder

Amod­els use a tran­som-mount 83/200 KHz Skim­mer trans­ducer, which pro­vides up to 120 de­grees of fish-find­ing cov­er­age as well as ac­cu­rate tem­per­a­ture read­ings.

Both sonar units can reach depths of more than 300m, with 500 watts RMS power/4000 watts of peak-to-peak power.

To help an­glers avoid miss­ing a good area of fish-hold­ing struc­ture, both mod­els also fea­ture a unique Track­Back func­tion that al­lows users to scroll back and re­view mul­ti­ple pages of dis­play his­tory.

For ease of in­stal­la­tion, the Elite-5 and Elite-5m chart plot­ter mod­els fea­ture a built-in 16-chan­nel GPS+WAAS pre­ci­sion an­tenna, along with an ex­ter­nal an­tenna op­tion.

Both units also house a wa­ter­proof mi­cro SD mem­ory card slot and come with Navion­ics Gold chart­ing.

In ad­di­tion, own­ers can store up to 3000 way­points, 100 routes with 100 way­points for each route, 100 re­trace­able plot trails and up to 10,000 points for ev­ery trail.

Other fea­tures of the Elite se­ries in­clude a new mount­ing de­sign with an easy-to-in­stall, quick-release, tilt-andswivel bracket that of­fers con­ve­nient re­moval for stor­age and re­mount­ing.

The back-lit, en­hanced key­pad is con­fig­ured for sim­pli­fied sin­gle-thumb menu con­trol and an ad­vanced user mode for ex­panded fea­ture selections.

The Elite-5x, Elite-5m and Elite-5 are wa­ter­proof to IPx7 stan­dards and come with a one-year lim­ited war­ranty. Rec­om­mended re­tail prices start at $699 for the Elite-5x and $1099 for the Elite-5 combo unit.

They should be avail­able in the next few weeks through the ex­ten­sive net­work of Lowrance dealers.

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