24 Feb 2012

Boating World always goes above and beyond in offering the best service possible. Not only do they provide the best boat options to perfectly suit the needs of their clients but also the best training in how to use the sophisticated equipment on board.

Sales consultant Greg Alice recently attended a Lowrance dealer training seminar held in Cape Town to keep ahead of the latest in electronic technology in order to pass this knowledge onto Boating World’s clients.

He joined Lowrance South Africa’s Technical Manager John Minnie, their Cape Town and Gauteng representatives Ricky Moss and Mikala Plotz and 20 dealers for a morning’s training at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Mikala gave a detailed presentation covering the basic range of Lowrance products and their function and John further explained the advanced network processes which form fishfinder/GPS/chartplotter/radar and other combinations.

He also introduced the HDS GEN2 range which offers double the memory and twice the processor speed for greater responsiveness, faster start-up and menu operation and lightning-fast chart panning and zooming speeds.

When paired with the LSS-1 Structure Scan sonar imaging module, users can activate the new Structure Map overlay.  Images can be scanned directly onto a chart while in action and Structure Map charts can be created of favourite boating, fishing and diving areas.

John says it’s as though you’ve emptied out all the water and you’re left with a clear view of exactly what’s underneath.  The images are geographically correct and completely realistic -- so rocks for example can easily be identified and their position exactly pin-pointed in relation to the vessel, drop-offs, channels etc. And all this live while you’re driving!

Meanwhile Boating World client Jean Schoonhawen was delighted to have Greg and the Lowrance team on board his grandfather “Schoonie’s” new Fairline Squadron 42 which is moored in Gordon’s Bay. Jean learned about the setup and integration of his two Lowrance HDS-10 units, 3-G radar, XL-9 chart and autopilot all of which will be invaluable to this keen angler and crayfisherman.

Unfortunately heading out for Cape Point to find deep water for 50kHz readings proved unsuccessful as the sunny skies were accompanied by a pumping wind and big swells – so fishing was also out of the question. However closer to shore while travelling over reefs, Jean learned how to look for baitfish balls, interpret readings and even identify birds in the water close to his boat – such is the sensitivity of his equipment.