Lowrance is offering the newest addition to its Elite
and Mark family of compact fishfinder and chartplotter
products, the Elite- 4 and Mark- 4 Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI)
series. Setting a new performance standard for affordably priced navigation and fishfinder electronics, the new HDI units feature a built-in GPS antenna, high-definition mapping options, and
the Lowrance exclusive Hybrid Dual Imaging technology that combines Broadband Sounder and
Downscan Imaging for the best possible view beneath your boat.
Replacing previous Lowrance Elite- 4 and Mark- 4 models, the larger and super-bright Elite
4. 3 inch color and Mark grayscale displays have 70% more pixels and 36% more useable screen
area. Available in fishfinder-only, chartplotter-only (HD) and fishfinder/chartplotter combo models, the new addition to the Lowrance HDI series offers a full selection of top-performing sonar
and navigation features in an easy-to-operate, space-saving design.
Built into the new Lowrance HDI Skimmer transducer design, Broadband Sounder technology is ideal for marking fish arches and tracking lure action, while Downscan Imaging provides
easy-to-understand, picture-like views of structure and bottom detail. With the exclusive
Lowrance Downscan Overlay feature, boaters can combine the Downscan Imaging view with the
Broadband Sounder recording for a stunning presentation that separates and clearly exposes fish
targets from surrounding structure. Overlay transparency is fully adjustable.
Lowrance’s Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) maximizes fishing time by reducing the need
to manually adjust settings to see fish, structure and bottom detail more clearly. Exclusive Track-Back functionality allows anglers to scroll back in recorded sonar history to review structure,
transitions and fish targets, and pinpoint locations with a waypoint (on chartplotter models).
Elite- 4 and Mark- 4 HDI models with chartplotter capability feature a highly accurate built-in GPS antenna and a detailed US map featuring more than 3,000 lakes and rivers, and coastal
contours to depths of 1,000 feet. A micro SD card can be used to display Lake Insight and Nau-tic Insight HD and PRO cartography, as well as Navionics Gold, HotMaps Premium, Fishing
Hotspots PRO and Jeppesen C-Map MAX-N charts. All HDI/HD chartplotter models are compatible with the new online Insight Genesis map creation service, which allows users to make their
own custom, high-resolution contour, bottom hardness and vegetation maps from recorded
Digital Yacht’s new GPS150 Dual-Nav positioning sensor combines a
super-accurate 50 channel GPS with
GLONASS, the Russian-funded satellite
positioning system that is now on line and providing an excellent
backup or alternative to GPS. This “smart” sensor will automatically switch between the systems or the user can manually select
the most appropriate for their activity. The GPS150 will also be
able to utilize the European-funded Galileo positioning system
when it comes on line.
The implementation of GLONASS as an additional satellite
positioning system is probably the biggest step change in maritime navigation since GPS was fully augmented back in the mid-
90’s. Digital Yacht’s GPS150 utilizes the industry standard NMEA
data format, allowing older chartplotters as well as current generation products to take advantage of this new technology.
The GPS150 also allows the user to select a variety of different NMEA baud rates ( 4,800, 38,400 and 115,200) to allow
interfacing with legacy and current systems. It also supports a
new TurboNav mode, which will appeal to racing yachtsmen and
performance users where GPS/GLONASS data is output at 10 Hz
(10x faster update than normal) and with an interface speed of
115,200 baud, which is 24x the speed of normal NMEA data.
This massively improves slow speed navigation data as well as
providing the best course and speed data in a dynamic situation.
The GPS150 houses all the electronics in its compact 3 inch
antenna and has a single multi-core cable for power and data.
Power consumption is just 30 mA at 12 V. It can be used as a simple positioning sensor for plotter or VHF DSC systems as well as
a precision, high-speed sensor for performance sailing or super
yachts. Setup is easy with a block of simple internal switches setting the characteristics of the unit. This allows the device to be
programmed in the field without specialist software or programming tools.
Digital Yacht has also developed a range of external interfaces for the GPS150, including a wireless adaptor to allow data
to be sent to mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and tablets as
well as a USB interface for PC and MAC users. An NMEA 2000®
interface will be available in 2014 allowing multiple sensors to
be connected to a NMEA 2000 backbone so the user can have
alternative positioning inputs on complex systems.
Digital Yacht www.digitalyacht.co.uk/