Igueldo reaps benefits of WASSP F3X sonar

Igueldo reaps benefits of WASSP F3X sonar Squid shows up clearly on Igueldo’s WASSP F3X system. Photo: WASSP

The skipper of squid trawler Igueldo is more than happy with the WASSP F3X system installed during the recent refit.

The 83 metre Igueldo was fitted with a WASSP F3X multibeam sonar system that has demonstrated its capabilities during the Falkland Islands squid season.

“Squid detection is simply perfect. It’s equally as good – if not better – than any other echo sounder. Also, the 3D vision and the hardness of the sea bottom are very good but needs some fine tuning during Igueldo’s next call in Vigo, our home port,” said skipper Miguel Pouseu.

Igueldo’s WASSP F3X system was installed by local dealer Nautical and WASSP’s engineers will continue to work with Igueldo’s skipper and officers to fine-tune the system to suit their requirements

Miguel Pouseu commented that even small amounts of squid were being clearly seen on the sounder and recorded on the 3D Bathymetric map.

“The F3X represents a real leap forward in WASSP technology. The WASSP team should be very happy and I fully recommend the F3X,” he said.

The latest model in the F3 range, designed for the commercial fishing industry, the F3X incorporates a number of significant improvements by WASSP’s design engineers.

It offers significantly more power - over 12 times more than previous F3 models - along with a long pulse time that equates to more energy in the water. In addition to more clarity in shallow and medium depths, the F3X with its 80kHz transducer can operate at depths of 1000 metres mapping of the seafloor and water column targets such as fish schools show clearly at 850 metres.

The F3X also comes with the patent-pending WASSP Interference Management System (IMS) including Advanced Key Pulse (AKP) installed, helping to cut down the interference generated when a number of different sounders and sonar systems are being used.

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