The new series of Lowrance Elite Chirp are available with 5″ screens or 7″ wide format screen models – and both with and without chart plotter capabilities.
Well that did not take long – Raymarine has entered into a license agreement with Navico for DownScan sonar technologies. The terms of the patent license and resolution are confidential says Raymarine.
So court case out – and Raymarine is now officially licensed to use the DownScan technology from Navico. (Navico is the owner of Simrad, B&G and Lowrance)
So what about Garmin then. 🙂 DownVu could be next?
Raymarine has lauched the “network box” version of the Raymarine Dragonfly – the Raymarine CP100 network sonar module with CHIRP Downvision. The CP100 black box sonar brings the same photo-like underwater pictures as the Raymarine Dragonfly to Raymarines latest generation displays like the HybridTouch e Series and the glass bridge gS series.
The Raymarine Dragonfly was shown a bit early in a Magazine advert – but now it is officially released.
The Dragonfly is combination Sonar and GPS module with “Downscan” technogly like Hummingbird and Lowrance/Simrad has had for some time. It lack the “Sidescan” though.
Downscan means it can show “picture like” image of what is below the boat. With the new CPT-60 transducer it uses 2 sonar channels – 200 kHz and 355 kHz for fishfinder and Downscan. The 355kHz is quite unusual compared to Hummingbird and Lowrance/Simrad since they use 455 kHz for their Downscan. That means theoretically the Raymarine will go “deeper” but might not have as detailed images. Raymarine claims range is 600′ deep (200 meters)
The Raymarine Dragonfly has a VGA resolution with 1500 nits on a 5.7″ screen. It supports Navionics Silver and Gold maps at HotSpot fishing maps.