A new, forward looking sonar was introduced by Navico/B&G in 2014. This unit uses an Ethernet protocol for data Transfer. It consists of a transducer, a sonar hub and a Display unit like our Zeus² multifunction display.
The sonar hub arrived today. One ethernet port is used to connect to the display. The second port will be used to connect to a future, second display at the nav station and the third port will be used to connect to a broadband radar. :
At first, nothing worked. There was no menu to setup the forward scan.
Then a software update of the Zeus² was performed – still nothing. The service hotline from Navico told me how to activate the forward scan. Result: Forward Scan appeared on the Zeus, but the Sonar Hub was not accepted as Data source…
The next call to the service hotline resulted in a software update of the sonar hub which I had bought yesterday and then a colourful image of the floor and the wall of my bucket appeared on the screen!
The forward scan finally in operation during our trip to Finland in 2015. Flat seabed, all clear up to a distance of 55 m in front of the ship. The water was nice and warm, 18,5°C, the depth was 22,5 m