Raymarine Expands Their Dragonfly Line of Fishfindersby Grant Pentiricci January 8, 2015
Here are some exciting new introductions in the small GPS world for kayak/ canoe anglers. FLIR Systems is introducing seven new models that form the next generation of Raymarine’s Dragonfly product line at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new Dragonfly range offers anglers advanced CHIRP sonar vision, superior color displays, and wireless mobile device integration.
The new Dragonfly range begins with the 4.3” Dragonfly 4 DV, the world’s first recreational CHIRP sonar under $200. The Dragonfly 4 DV and the entire Dragonfly range use wide-spectrum CHIRP DownVision™ sonar technology to give anglers photo-like images of fish and underwater objects. Unlike conventional sonars that transmit a single frequency with each pulse, Dragonfly’s CHIRP sonar pulses across a wide spectrum of sonar frequencies simultaneously. This wide spectrum pulse produces much higher-resolution and life-like sonar images.
Dragonfly’s CHIRP DownVision™ technology also surpasses ordinary imaging sonars with superior deep water performance to 600ft (180m) and reliable high speed bottom tracking. And with its unique all-weather bright display, Dragonfly provides high fidelity images under blazing sun or driving rain.
Anglers looking to step up to enhanced fish identification can choose the 4.3” Dragonfly 4 DVS or the 5” Dragonfly 5 DVS. The “DVS” models feature CHIRP DownVision™ plus a second conventional CHIRP sonar channel, optimized for locating fish targets. Moving up from the DVS models are the Dragonfly 4 PRO and Dragonfly 5 PRO. Dragonfly PRO models combine CHIRP DownVision™ and conventional CHIRP sonar with a fast 10Hz GPS for staying on course and internal Wi-Fi for streaming to mobile devices.
In addition to the Dragonfly 4 and 5 models, the new Wi-Fish™ sonar for mobile devices joins the Dragonfly range. Built on the Dragonfly sonar platform, Wi-Fish™ is a black box wireless sonar designed to work exclusively with smartphones and tablets, letting fisherman access CHIRP DownVision™ from anywhere on board. Using Raymarine’s Wi-Fish™ mobile app, fishermen can view, pause, and rewind sonar imagery, making it easy to record their favorite fishing spots and share with friends online.
“The first Dragonfly launched in 2013 was a breakthrough that let fisherman see the underwater world with incredible fidelity” said Grégoire Outters, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Maritime. “Now with the expanded and more attractively priced Dragonfly range, we are making our high performance CHIRP DownVisonTM sonar technology within reach of every fishermen and boater.”
The new Dragonfly product line consists of 7 new models to meet the needs of each individual angler:
|Dragonfly 4 DV||4.3” Sonar with CHIRP DownVision||$199.99|
|Dragonfly 4 DVS||4.3” Sonar with CHIRP DownVision and Conventional CHIRP Sonar||$249.99|
|Dragonfly 4 Pro||4.3” Sonar/GPS Combo with CHIRP DownVision, Conventional CHIRP Sonar, and Wi-Fi||$299.99|
|Dragonfly 5 DVS||5” Sonar with CHIRP DownVision and Conventional CHIRP Sonar||$299.99|
|Dragonfly 5 M||5” GPS Chartplotter||$429.99|
|Dragonfly 5 Pro||5” Sonar/GPS Combo with CHIRP DownVision, Conventional CHIRP Sonar, and Wi-Fi||$549.99|
|Wi-Fish™||Wireless Black Box Sonar for mobile device with CHIRP DownVision||$199.99|
|Wi-Fish Mobile App||iOS or Android mobile app for streaming sonar from Dragonfly Pro models and the Wi-Fish black box sonar module||Free|
GPS equipped Dragonfly modes support Navionics charts, C-MAP by Jeppesen, and Raymarine LightHouse charts. Dragonfly models are also available bundled with C-MAP Essentials or Navionics Gold maps on microSD.
With pricing starting at a very attractive $199 USD, the new Dragonfly family brings true wide-spectrum CHIRP technology in reach of every fisherman. The new Dragonfly line will be unveiled at CES 2015 (booth location 35414) and the Toronto boat show (booth location G-346).The new range will be available in the first quarter of 2015.
Anglers looking for an economic fishfinder that brings them the most up to date technology now have even more options at extremely competitive pricing.
For more information you can check out the manufacturer’s website at: www.raymarine.com/dragonfly
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci