Premium forward-looking sonar displays the bottom in real time
OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today
announced the Panoptix™ Forward PS51-TH, a new phased-array
multibeam thru-hull mount transducer that adds premium FrontVü™ forward
looking sonar to help cruisers avoid running aground1.
Designed to give mariners more confidence and peace of mind when
navigating unfamiliar water, Panoptix FrontVü is a narrow beam,
forward-looking sonar that focuses on the bottom in front of the boat
instead of what’s off to each side. The PS51-TH is being announced in
conjunction with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 3-7,
and will be on display at the Garmin booth #323-324.
“The Panoptix PS51-TH delivers nearly instant feedback of what’s in
front of your boat and provides relevant information captains need to
make critical navigation decisions, especially in unfamiliar water,”
said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Now
available in a conventional thru-hull installation method, the PS51-TH
brings Garmin’s revolutionary Panoptix technology to an even greater
range of boats.”
Panoptix FrontVü sonar displays the bottom up to 300 feet ahead of the
boat at 8 to 10 times the current depth. Coupled with its fast update
rate, the PS51-TH helps ensure that mariners have more time to react to
dangerous obstacles up ahead and change course if needed. Thanks to its
narrow beam, forward-looking sonar (20 degrees), the PS51-TH allows the
captain to focus on the bottom in front of the boat and shows fewer
false positives of obstructions off to each side of the boat. It also
includes an AHRS sensor for motion stabilization in rough water
Compatible with a wide range of Garmin chartplotters, the FrontVü
forward-looking sonar data can be easily shared across other
chartplotters across the Garmin Marine Network. With an
easy-to-understand interface, FrontVü clearly displays the bottom and
provides a digital depth and temperature number, so there’s no need to
purchase a separate traditional transducer for basic depth information.
No black-box is needed – simply plug in the transducer once it’s
installed and start exploring with more confidence than before.
The PS51-TH pulls double duty providing users both LiveVü™ Forward and
FrontVü technologies. LiveVü Forward shows an image of targets moving
toward or away from the boat, even while stationary, in real time. The
FrontVü feature can be used in a split screen with other Panoptix
all-seeing sonar views, so mariners can see real-time sonar imagery of
what’s around and in front of their boat at video-like speed.
Expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017, the PS51-TH will
retail for $1499.99. It’s compatible with the 7- and 9-inch echoMAP®
CHIRP chartplotter/sonar combos, the new GPSMAP® 7×2/9×2 and 10×2/12×2
series, and the GPSMAP 8400/8600, 7400/7600, 7×1/8×0/10×0 series. For
more information, visit garmin.com/newmarine.
Garmin was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the second year
in a row by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), an honor
given to the most recognized marine electronics company for support of
products in the field. Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the
industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen
multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar,
autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation, and other
products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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1The ability to effectively avoid running aground with
FrontVü sonar decreases as speed rises above 8 knots.
About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a
subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in
Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United
States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, echoMAP and GPSMAP are
registered trademarks, and Panoptix, FrontVü, and LiveVü are trademarks
of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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Carly Hysell, 913-397-8200