Apelco's Color Fishfinder/ Plotter Is Powerhouse In A Small Package

Apelco's XVC 8100 Color Video Fishfinder/Plotter is a powerhouse in a small package. It gives sharp, bright, eight-color displays of bottom and midwater fish and other targets on a 6-inch screen, plus valuable plotting information to help you reach and return to important fishfinding events and navigation points.

With a new technology dual-beam transducer, Apelco's fishfinder/ plotter also lets you switch, at the touch of a keypad, from wide-area searching (37-degree beam) to pinpoint targeting (15-degree beam) to get the best picture in all conditions.

Because this new fishfinder/plotter interfaces with most Lorans having standard NMEA 0182/0183 formats, Apelco makes it easy to enjoy the latest plotting features available without purchasing a new Loran. In addition to its standard full-screen color fishfinding, the XVC 8100 provides full-screen zoom close-ups, and split-screen plotting with fishfinding, or split-screen digital navigation data display with temperature graph.

The Apelco XVC 8011 automatically adjusts its 800-watt (p-p) maximum transmit power, pulse repetition rate, and transducer beam width. Shift range from 5 to 995 feet, fathoms, or meters is automatic or manual. Clarity is enhanced on this 256-by-256 bit, high-resolution screen, by keyboard selectable scanning speeds, 10 levels of brightness, and advanced interference and noise suppression circuits.

When its Plot Mode is active, the XVC 8100 lets you plot and track up to 20 events, recording position, surface water temperature, and depth of each event. The plot display shows own-boat on the screen, plus route of selected event marks. When selected, the XVC 8011 will electronically draw a dotted line from own boat to selected events, and give distance and bearing to events.

The screen will also show where you've been with a solid track line.

Digital event data is displayed at the bottom of the screen. At the top of the screen the XVC 8100 displays readouts of your boat's position in Lat/Long or TDs, plus temperature, boat speed, trip log, distance and bearing to events, and selectable chart scales, from 2 to 100 nm or km.

Features such as alarm for preset fish "window," and shallow and deepwater limits are also provided.

The XVC 8100 is supplied with a lithium battery for memory protection, standard sun shield, and transom mount transducer (thru-hull transducer, optional). Power requirements are 11-16 Vdc, 13.6 Vdc nominal. Power consumption is approximately 2 amps. Speed and temperature sensors are built into the dual-beam triducer.

For more information on this color fishfinder/plotter and Apelco's complete 1989 line, Circle 47 on Reader Service Card

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