Know What Lies Ahead
ForwardScan uses forward-looking sonar to give you a clear view of the bottom ahead of your boat. This award-winning technology is a powerful defence against running aground in shallow, unfamiliar, or poorly-charted waters. ForwardScan generally offers a forward view of 4-5 times your current depth; for example in 3 metres (10 feet) of water, see the bottom 12-15 metres (40-50 feet) ahead. Under ideal conditions ForwardScan can see even further, looking ahead up to 8 times your current depth. The 180 kHz ForwardScan transducer is designed to minimise interference from common 200 kHz transducers, enabling it to be used alongside existing fish-finding or depth-tracking sonar.
Simple 2D View and Chart Overlay
See a simple, immediately understandable view of the bottom ahead. Bottom Colour Tracking shows the bottom as a solid terrain in an uncluttered, side-on picture. For more detail, you can choose to display sonar returns from throughout the water column; these can illustrate other potential hazards such as dock posts. Perfect for cruising, you can also overlay ForwardScan depth data on charts: Heading Line View uses colour-coded segments to represent deep, medium, and shallow water ahead. Depths are customisable to suit your boat’s draught, and a shallow depth alarm helps to ensure you’re never caught unaware.
Easy On-Water Installation for ForwardScan-Ready Boats
The ForwardScan transducer can be installed on the water, in just a few minutes, for boats already fitted with the ForwardScan mounting sleeve. Just remove the blanking plug, install the transducer into the sleeve, and connect the cable to your compatible Simrad multifunction display or sounder module. A self-closing valve built into the sleeve minimizes water ingress during installation. For boats without a pre-fitted sleeve, the complete ForwardScan kit (sold separately) includes a transducer, sleeve, and fairing block.
- Simple 2D view of the bottom ahead.
- Navigate safely with ForwardScan data overlaid on charts.
- Look ahead up to 8 times your current depth (generally 4-5 times).
- Designed to minimize interference from existing 200 kHz transducers.
- Built-in water temperature sensor offers extra value.
- Easy installation and maintenance with an on-water removable transducer.
- Connects to the StructureScan® HD port on compatible displays or sounder modules.