Simrad boosts commercial portfolio with new releases

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Two new systems from Simrad designed for workboats, fishing and patrol vessels.

Simrad has released two new stand-alone systems suitable for use with commercial vessels such as non-SOLAS workboats, patrol and fishing vessels.

The new systems, which will begin shipping in Q1 next year, comprise the S2009 and S2016 fishfinder systems and the R2009 and R3016 radar control units.

The S2009 and S2016 fishfinder units feature Simrad CHIRP technology for precise echo sounding detail and are designed to be used as either dedicated displays or in conjunction with a Simrad navigation network.

The units are compatible with a wide range of transducer options and offer flexible frequency selections, adjustable ping speeds and vertical heave adjustment. They are built to meet the tough working environment of fishing vessels with both bracket and flush-mount watertight installation options that meet IPX7 water-resistance from all sides.

The fishfinders are operated by an integrated keypad and rotary dial with direct-access menu keys located along the side of the display that provide intuitive control of on-screen menu options. The large buttons are suitable for use in rough seas, while travelling at speed and with wet or gloved hands.

The 9” (S2009) has a portrait 480 x 800 pixel display for maximum vertical detail and a high-brightness display for outside installation. Its portrait orientation is suited to fishing applications with the water column being displayed with a high level of vertical detail.

The 16” (S2016) has a 1366 x 768 pixel high-definition (15.6” diagonal wide-screen) landscape display with an HDMI output for a mirrored secondary screen. The combination of vertical detail and a lengthy on-screen echo-sounder history is designed to reduce the operator’s need to zoom or scroll, while allowing easy backtracking to promising fishing areas.

“Our engineers have developed technically advanced CHIRP Fishfinders with large stunning displays while keeping the price point and traditional feature set often requested from our customers. This makes these products both innovative, compelling and competitive.” said Jose Herrero, MD Simrad commercial division.

Dedicated radar displays

The new R2009 and R3016 radar displays are designed for use with Simrad’s award-winning radar antenna solutions. As with the fishfinders, the R2009 features a 9”portrait display while the R3016 has a 16” wide-screen display.

According to Simrad, both systems utilise an intuitive control interface with the latest generation of digital tuning to allow for optimal situational awareness in the most adverse conditions. Target resolutions are achieved using beam sharpening technology when paired with the Simrad Broadband 3G/4G Radomes or Halo Pulse Compression arrays.

As with the fishfinder units, the radar displays are designed for use in tough working conditions with easy-to-use control systems. The displays offer a similar resolution and brightness to the S2009 and S2016 models, and are designed for use as stand-alone dedicated radar stations with a professional-grade interface and ease of installation, even in difficult retrofit applications.

Together with the complementary design of the new fishfinders, Simrad says these new solutions will add a new dimension to its commercial portfolio for non-SOLAS workboat, patrol and fishing vessels.

The systems will begin shipping to customers in late Q1 2016 with a recommended retail price of $1,399 (including GST) for the S2009, $3,999 for the S2016, $1,599 for the R2009 and $3,799 for the R3016.

More information can be found on the Navico website.

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