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FarSounder offers 3D sonar training class


Registration is open for FarSounder’s technical training class to learn about the company’s 3D sonar navigation system. The course will be held April 11-12 at the company’s Warwick, Rhode Island, offices. The first day will cover theory in the classroom, and the second day involves hands-on training aboard the R/V Cap’n Bert in Narragansett Bay. Upon completion of the class, participants will be certified to install and commission FarSounder navigation sonars, as well as be qualified to provide end-user training for the systems.

As more exploration yachts operate in challenging environments, there is increasing need for a navigation sonar capable of detecting at long range poorly charted obstacles, wrongly placed obstacles (due to GPS malfunctions) or transient obstacles such as ice and submerged shipping containers. Groundings with large underwater structures such as rocks, reefs, sandbanks and shoals are significant risks.

Many yachts use 2D sonars or ‘3D’ sonars that are formed of 2D image history stitched together, but FarSounder believes that real time 3D sonars can provide a safer experience. According to the company, a real time 3D processor creates a large field of view with single pings, using refreshes to allow for timely navigation when a vessel is underway.

The 3D approach enables the system to overcome traditional forward-looking sonar limitations, such as multipath and water depth issues, shallow water operation, roll/pitch compensation, surface effects and ship motion.

For more information or to register for the training, visit

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