If you’re thinking about doing some fishing on your next cruise or trip around the Great Loop, take a look at the new, prize-winning Garmin Panoptix LiveScope sonar. Its images of fish as far away as 200 feet from your boat are so clear that you almost could give them names.
The new Garmin sonar delivers crisp live images in all directions – in front of the boat, under the boat, behind the boat and to the sides of the boat – in real time. The company says it’s the only live scanning sonar on the recreational boat market. The Panoptix LiveScope has already been recognized around the world. Indeed, it won the Innovation Award at the Düsseldorf boat show in January.
The LiveScope has two modes, down and forward, working through one transducer. It also has an attitude heading system that constantly adjusts sonar beams to compensate for the boat’s motion. It delivers the same images, with the same range, when the boat is stationary.
The new sonar system includes a GLS 10 sonar black box with an LVS32 transducer and a plug-and-play Garmin Marine Network connector for easy installation and integration with a compatible Garmin chartplotter. You can mount the transducer on a boat’s transom or even on a trolling motor.
The Panoptix LiveScope costs about $1,500.