Installation guide | Humminbird Wide Vision Fish Finder User Manual

Humminbird Wide Vision Fish Finder User Manual
Before installing your new Humminbird fishfinder, please ensure the following parts are
included in the box:
Transducer with 20’ (6m) of cable and mounting hardware kit
Mounting system and mounting hardware kit
6’ (2m) power cable
Publications kit
It any of these items is missing, call our Customer Support Hotline.
Humminbird offers a wide assortment of accessories that complement and expand the
capability of your new fishfinder. These accessories are designed with the same high
standards and are backed by the same one-year warranty. The Humminbird Accessory
catalog included with your unit contains descriptions of the many accessories available
and ordering information. All Humminbird accessories are available through your fullservice Humminbird dealer or factory direct through our number listed in the Customer
Support section.
Your Humminbird fishfinder consists of two primary components to install: the control
head and the transducer.
The control head contains the sonar transmit and receive circuitry, as well as the user
controls and display. It should be installed in a location that provides access to the
controls and visibility while in use. The control head mounts on a quick disconnect
mounting system that swivels and tilts providing flexibility for viewing from almost
anywhere on the boat.
The transducer converts electrical energy from the transmitter into mechanical pulses or
sound waves. The transducer also receives the reflected sound waves and converts
them back into electrical signals for display on the control head. It should be installed in
contact with the surface of the water in an area that has smooth waterflow- usually on
the transom of the boat. There are several mounting options for the transducer. Review
the following section to determine the method that works for you and your boat.
Determining How to Mount the Transducer
Your Humminbird fishfinder includes a standard
transducer. This transducer can be mounted on the
transom of the boat or bonded to the inside of a fiberglass
hull boat.
The transom installation, which is the most widely used,
places the transducer on the outside of the boat hull. This
technique produces the least signal loss, and provides a
way to adjust the transducer after installation. The
mounting hardware included is designed to protect both
the boat and the transducer should the boat strike debris in
the water or when trailering.
As an alternative to transom mounting, it is possible on many
fiberglass-hulled boats to glue the transducer on the inside of
the boat hull. Since fiberglass has similar sonar
characteristics as water, the sonar signal can pass through
the boat hull with minimal loss. The hull of the boat must be
single layer construction (not double-hulled) Also, any air
trapped in the lamination of the fiberglass would prevent the
sonar signal from passing through.
Inside the hull installations require no holes be drilled into the
boat and through experimentation, high-speed operation
comparable to transom mounting can be achieved. Two-part
slow cure epoxy (not included) is required to glue the transducer in place.
Your Humminbird fishfinder comes with everything necessary for installation and
operation on most boats. However, there are several situations which may require a
different type of transducer. Inboard boats, wood or metal hulls, and sail boats create
unique transducer mounting needs Alternate transducers and mounting methods are
detailed below.
Portable Mounting
The standard transducer can be adapted for portable
installations with a portable mounting kit available from
Humminbird. This accessory adapts your transducer to a
suction cup mount for temporary installation on the boat hull
or other surface.
Trolling Motor Mounting
The standard transducer can also be adapted to mount on
most trolling motors using a different accessory kit. This
accessory includes a bracket and hose clamp that allows
mounting the transducer to the body of most trolling motors.
Thru-Hull Mounting
Thru-hull transducers install through a hole drilled in the hull
of the boat. Larger boats or boats with inboard motors create
turbulence that make transom mounting ineffective. Also,
hulls that are very thick or are double layered, or made from
materials such as wood or metal, (which do not conduct
sonar signals) make inside the hull mounting inadvisable.
Thru-hull mounting may require the use of a fairing block to level the transducer with the
waterline. Also, since special tools and knowledge may be required to perform this type
of installation, it is best to refer to a qualified marine technician.
Other transducers are available as replacements for the standard transducer. You may
exchange your new and unassembled transducer for another type by returning it to the
address listed in Customer Support. Some transducers may have additional cost. Refer
to the Accessory catalog or call Customer Support for information.
Now that you have determined the transducer mounting method you can begin
installation of your new Humminbird fishfinder. The installation guide included on the
next few pages provides detailed step by step instructions for installation of the control
head and transducer. For transom mount transducer installations you will need the
mounting template included with your manual.
In addition to the parts included you need the following for installation and operation:
A powered hand drill and various drill bits
Philips and flat-head screwdrivers
A ruler or measuring tape
Pen or pencil
12 volt power source (your boat’s battery)
A 1-amp fuse
A fuse holder (if you are wiring directly to the boat’s battery)
Silicone sealant (for sealing drilled holes)
2-part, slow-cure epoxy (for inside the hull transducer installations)
Do not begin this transducer installation until you read the Installation
Preparation in the Operation Guide. This chapter contains information critical to
the correct installation of your transducer.
Due to the wide variety of boat hulls, only general instructions are presented in
the installation guide. Each boat hull represents a unique set of requirements that
should be evaluated prior to installation.
Step One - Determine Where to Mount the Transducer
Begin the transducer installation by determining where on the
transom to install the transducer. Consider the following to find
the best location:
It is very important to locate the transducer in an area which is
relatively free of turbulent water, As a boat moves through the
water, turbulence is generated by the weight of the boat, and
the thrust of the propeller(s). This turbulent water is normally
confined to areas immediately aft of ribs, strakes or rows of
rivets on the bottom of the boat, and in the immediate area of
the propeller(s) (Figure 1). On outboard or inboard/outboard
boats it is best to stay at least 15” (40cm) to the side of the
If possible, viewing the transom of the boat while the boat is
moving will provide the best means of locating turbulence free
water. If maximum high-speed operation is a high priority, this
is the recommended method. If this is not possible, select a
location on the transom where the hull forward of this location
is smooth, flat, and free of protrusions or ribs.
The transducer when mounted should point straight down.
The design of the transducer will accommodate a wide range
of deadrises and remain ported straight down (Figure 2).
On boats with stepped hulls, it may be possible to mount the transducer on the step.
Never mount the transducer on the transom behind a step, as this area of the
transom will not be in contact with the water at high speed (Figure 3).
If the propeller(s) is (are) forward of the transom, it may be impossible to find an
area clear from turbulence, and a different mounting technique or transducer type
should be considered.
Step Two - Drill the Mounting Holes
1. Remove the mounting template from the front of the Operations Manual.
2. Hold the template on the transom of the boat in the location where the transducer
will be installed (Figure 4). Align the template vertically, ensuring the lower edge of
the transom meets with the bottom corner of the template.
3. Using a pencil or punch, mark the two mounting holes
shown on the template onto the transom. Do not mark or
drill any other holes at this time.
4. Using a 5/32” (4mm) bit drill the two holes to a depth of
approximately 1" (3cm). On fiberglass hulls, it is best to
start with a smaller bit and use progressively larger drill bits
to reduce the chance of chipping or flaking the outer
Step Three - Assemble the Transducer
1. Attach the Pivot to the transducer body as shown in Figure
5, using the #8 – 3/8” (9mm) long allen headed pivot screw,
the headed pin, the two flat washers, and the two toothed
lock washers.
Note: The toothed lock washers must be positioned
between the transducer and the pivot ears. The flat
washers must be positioned to the outside at the pivot
2. Using the AIlen wrenches provided, loosely tighten the pivot
screw (Figure 6). Do not completely tighten the assembly at
this time, so the pivot angle can be adjusted later.
3. Insert the pivot/transducer assembly into the mounting
bracket as shown in Figure 7. Do not snap the assembly
Step Four - Mount the Transducer to the Transom
1. Apply silicone sealant to the mounting holes drilled into the transom.
2. Align the transducer assembly with the drilled holes in the transom (Figure 8).
3. Use either a flat head screwdriver, a 5/16" (8mm) hex driver, or a 5/16" (8mm)
socket to mount the assembly. Using the two #10 – 1”
(25mm) long slotted hex head screws, mount the transducer
assembly to the transom as shown. Do not fully tighten the
mounting screws in order to vertically adjust the transducer.
Snap the pivot down into place.
Step Five - Adjust the Running Position of the Transducer
The bracket allows height and tilt adjustment, the pivot screws
allow angular adjustment. Initially, adjust the transducer as
described in the following paragraphs. Further adjustment may
be necessary to refine the instillation after high speed testing.
1. First adjust the pivot angle of the transducer body so its
length is parallel with the length of hull of the boat. Then
pivot the transducer down so the rear is about 1/4 inch
(6mm) lower than the front (Figure 9).
2. Fully tighten the two pivot screws using the Allen wrenches.
It may be necessary to retighten the pivot screws after the
initial use as the plastics may still be seating to the lock
3. Adjust the height of the assembly so the face of the
transducer is 3/16" (4.5mm) beneath the lower edge of the
transom (Figure 10). Mark the position of the mounting
bracket on the transom with a pencil.
4. Force the pivot to the up position to gain access to the
mounting screws. Assure the transducer location has not
changed, then fully tighten the two mounting screws (Figure
11). Snap the pivot back down.
Confirm the pivot angle has not changed.
Note: A third screw location is provided for the
mounting bracket. Drill this hole and install the screw after final testing and
adjustments have been completed.
Step Six - Route the Cable
There are several ways to route the transducer cable to the to the area where the
control head will be installed. The most common procedure routes the cable through the
transom into the boat.
Inside the boat there is often a channel or conduit used for other
wiring that the cable can be routed along. Do not cut or shorten
the transducer cable and try not to damage the cable insulation.
Route the cable as far as practical from the VHF radio antenna
cables or tachometer cable to reduce the possibility of
If the cable is too short, extension cables are available to extend
the transducer cable up to a total of 50' (15 m). Call Humminbird
Customer Support for more information.
Follow these steps to route the cable through the transom:
1. Drill a 5/8” (16mm) hole above the water line. Route the
cable through the hole.
2. Fill the hole with silicone sealant.
3. Place the escutcheon plate over the hole and attach with the two #8 x 5/8” (16mm)
4. Secure the cable by attaching the cable camp to the transom using a #8 x 5/8”
(16mm) screw.
Note: The transducer will pivot up to 90 degrees in the bracket. Allow enough
slack in the cable for this movement. It is best to route the cable to the side of the
transducer so the cable will not be damaged by the transducer during movement.
Inside the hull installation requires the mount system and control
head be installed and operational. See Installing the Control Head
for instruction on installing the unit.
Inside the hull mounting generally produces good results in single
thickness fiberglass-hulled boats. Humminbird cannot guarantee
depth performance when transmitting and receiving through the
hull of the boat since some signal loss occurs. The amount of loss
depends on hull construction and thickness, and the installation.
This installation requires slow-cure two-part epoxy. Do not use
silicone or any other soft adhesive to install the transducer, as this
material reduces the sensitivity of the unit. Five minute epoxy has
a tendency to cure before all the air bubbles can be purged.
Step One - Determine the Mounting Location
Begin the transducer installation by determining where inside the
hull to install the transducer. Consider the following to find the
best location:
Observe the outside of the boat hull to find the areas that are
mostly free from turbulent water. Avoid ribs, strakes, and other
protrusions as these create turbulence (Figure 14).
As a general rule, the faster the boat can travel the further aft
and closer to the centerline of the hull the transducer has to be
located to remain in contact with the water at high speeds.
Step Two - Test the Mounting Location
There is no opportunity for adjustment after the transducer glued
in place. Therefore, it is best to perform a trial installation on inside the hull transducers
first, and run the boat at high speeds to determine the best mounting area.
1. At the identified mounting location, lay the transducer body face down with the
pointed end towards the bow.
2. Fill the hull with enough water to submerge the transducer body. Use a sand filled
bag or other heavy object to hold the transducer in position.
The transducer cannot transmit through air. The water purges any air from between
the transducer and the hull and fills any voids in the coarse fiberglass surface.
3. Power up the Control Head.
4. Run the boat at various speeds and water depths while observing the screen on the
Control Head. If the unit functions well at low speeds but begins to skip or miss the
bottom at higher speeds, the transducer needs to be moved. If depth performance is
required, test the fishfinder in water at the desired depth. Test different locations in
the hull until the optimum performance is achieved.
Step Three - Permanently Mount the Transducer
1. Once the mounting location is determined, mark the position of the transducer.
2. Remove the water from inside the hull and thoroughly dry the
mounting surface. If the surface is excessively rough, it may be
necessary to sand the area to provide a smooth mounting
Ensure the mounting area is clear and dry.
3. Mix an ample quantity of two-part slow-cure epoxy slowly and
thoroughly. Avoid trapping air bubbles.
4. Coat the face of the transducer and the inside of the hull (Figure
5. Press the transducer into place with a slight twisting motion to
purge any trapped air from underneath, keeping the pointed end
of the transducer body pointed forward (Figure 17).
Note: Proper operation requires the pointed end of the
transducer body to face towards the bow.
6. Weight the transducer so it does not move while the epoxy is curing.
When the epoxy cures, no water is necessary inside the hull. Neither water, spilled
gasoline, or oil will affect the performance of the transducer.
Step One - Determine Where to Mount
Begin the installation by determining where to mount the control head. Consider the
following to determine best location:
The cables for power, transducer and temp/speed accessories (if applicable) should
be installed first and must reach the mounting location. Extension cables are
There are two ways to route the cables to the unit: through a
hole in the mounting surface underneath the mounting bracket
or from a hole outside the mounting bracket. Routing the cables
down under the mount provides maximum weather protection;
however this is not always feasible if the area under the
fishfinder is inaccessible. In this case, route the cables through
a hole at another location and cover with the supplied hole
The mounting surface should be adequately supported to
protect the fishfinder from excessive wave shock and vibration,
and provide visibility while in operation.
The mounting area should allow sufficient room for the unit to
pivot and swivel freely, and for easy removal and installation
(Figures 18-19).
Step Two - Connect the Power Cable to the Boat
A 6’ (2m) long power cable is included to supply power to the
fishfinder. You may shorten or lengthen the cable using 18 gauge
multi-stranded copper wire.
CAUTION: Some boats have 24 or 36 volt electric systems. Be
sure your unit is connected to a 12 VDC power supply.
The Power can be connected to the boat's electrical system at two
places: a fuse panel, usually located near the console, or directly to the battery.
If a fuse terminal is available, use crimp-on type electrical connectors (not included) that
match the terminal on the fuse panel. Attach the black wire to ground, and the red wire
to 12 VDC power (Figure 20). Be sure to use a one amp fuse in the connection. If you
must wire the control head directly to a battery, be sure to install an inline fuse holder
and one amp fuse (not included) for the protection of the unit (Figure 21). Humminbird is
not responsible for over voltage or over current failures.
In order to minimize the potential for interference with other
marine electronics a separate power source (such as a
second battery) may be necessary.
Step Three - Drill the Mounting Holes
1. Set the mounting bracket in place on the mounting
surface. Mark the four mounting screw locations with a
pencil or punch.
2. Set the mounting bracket aside, and drill the four
mounting screw holes using a 9/64” (3.6mm) bit.
Step Four - Run the Cables
1. If the cables must pass through a hole underneath the
mounting surface, mark and drill a 1” (25mm) hole
centered between the four mounting holes (Figure 22).
Note: if the cables must pass through the mounting
surface at a different location, drill the 1" (25mm) hole at
that location and pass the cables through from
underneath. Also, you must break out the tabs on the
rear of the mounting base using needle nose pliers
(Figures 24-25).
2. Insert all cables through the 1” (25mm) hole from beneath
the mounting surface.
3. Pass the cables through the grommet (if the cable hole is
underneath the mounting bracket) then press the grommet
in place around the cables and into the 1” (25mm) hole.
4. Pass the cables through the mounting base, out the top of
the mounting bracket.
5. Place the mounting bracket on the mounting surface aligned with the drilled holes.
Insert the four flathead wood screws into the mounting holes and tighten fully (Figure
Optional: If the cables pass outside the mounting bracket, install the hole cover
over the hole and fasten in place using the two #8 x 7/8” (22mm) wood screws
(Figure 24).
Step Five - Assembling the Connector Holder
1. Insert the cable connectors into the connector holder.
The cable connectors are labeled, and there are
corresponding labels on the connector holder (Figure
26). The slots for the connectors are keyed to prevent
reverse installation, so do not force the connector into
the holder.
2. Carefully pull the excess cable from beneath the mounting surface so the connector holder aligns with the
mounting holes on the front of the mounting bracket
(Figure 27).
3. Snap the support plate to the rear of the connector
holder (Figure 28).
4. Insert the connector holder into place and use the two
#6-32 x ¾” (9mm) screws to fasten it to the mounting
bracket (Figure 28).
5. Install the control head by sliding it onto the mounting
bracket until it is fully seated. To remove the unit simply
depress the latch on the rear of the unit and lift (Figure
Your Humminbird is now ready for operation.
Testing should be performed with the boat in the water, however you can initially
confirm basic operation with the boat trailered.
Press POWER once to turn the unit on. There will be an audible chirp when any button
is pressed to confirm the button press. If the unit does not power-up, ensure the unit is
fully seated on the mount and that power is available.
The first screen provides four options: Start-up, Options, Simulator, and Diagnostic. A
message at the bottom of the screen indicates the transducer connection. If no
transducer is detected (or one is not connected), the message will indicate this and the
unit will go into simulator after the initial screen times out.
Note: the transducer must be submerged in water for reliable transducer
If a transducer is detected, the unit will enter “Start Up” or normal operation unless you
choose another option. If you do not press any button before the timer reaches “0”, the
normal operation screen is displayed. If the boat is in water, sonar data appears.
If the bottom is visible on screen with a digital depth readout, the unit is working
properly. Ensure the boat is in water greater than 2’ but less than the depth
capability of the unit and the transducer is fully submerged. Remember the sonar signal
cannot pass through air.
If the unit is working properly gradually increase the boat speed to test high-speed
performance. If the unit-functions well at low speeds but begins to skip or miss the
bottom at higher speeds, the transducer requires adjustment. Refer to the appropriate
transducer installation section for more detail.
Note: it is often necessary to make several incremental transducer adjustments
before optimum high-speed performance is achieved.
Important: For Transom Mount transducer installations, install the third mounting screw
after the final transducer adjustments.
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After installing your Wide Vision unit and transducer, you are ready to test the installation. Testing should
be performed on the water, since that is the best way to confirm your transducer's performance.
With your boat in the water, press POWER once to turn the unit on. If you press and hold the POWER
button, the simulator will be enabled. To power the unit for normal operation, press and release the
POWER button. Notice that when any button is pressed there is an audible "chirp" that confirms the
button press.
Momentarily, information will begin to "march" across the screen from right to left. Remember that as
each column advances on the screen, it contains information gathered from several transmit and receive
cycles. The column of information on the far right side of the screen is the most current information, or the
view directly under your boat. If your boat is moving, an accurate depiction of the terrain you have just
covered is created on-screen.
Increase your boat speed to ensure that the transducer remains in contact with turbulence-free water at
higher boat speeds. All Humminbird depthsounders are designed to work at speeds of 70 MPH or more,
however, use caution when operating any boat at high speed. (High-speed testing does not apply to
portable or trolling motor mounted transducers)
If the Wide Vision fails to locate the bottom and advance information across the screen as shown, ensure
first that the depth of the water is not in excess of the unit's capability. Also, ensure that the unit is fully
seated on the mount, and the cable connections are correct. (The label on the cable connector matches
the label on the connector holder).
If no audible "chirp" is heard when pressing the POWER button, the power cable or the fuse terminal may
be the problem. If the unit obviously powers up, but no bottom information is seen on the display, the
transducer is most likely the problem.
If the Wide Vision unit operates well at idle or slow speeds, but loses the bottom or displays erroneous
readings at higher speeds, the transducer is losing intimate contact with the water at high speed. If your
transducer is transom mounted, adjusting the running angle and depth of the transducer may solve the
problem. Several test runs and transducer adjustments may be necessary to optimize transducer
The Wide Vision is simple to use. Simply press the POWER button, and the unit will automatically locate
the bottom, adjust the depth range and sensitivity to an appropriate level, and draw a picture of the terrain
beneath your boat. If POWER is the only button you press, you will benefit from the advanced automatic
bottom tracking capability of the unit.
However, if you choose to experiment with the many features and controls the Wide Vision offers, you
can customize the presentation of information to suit your particular needs. The Wide Vision offers a wide
variety of settings and types of display, to satisfy any sonar need.
The Wide Vision contains a simulator which allows you to use the unit as if you were on the water. This
simulator is invaluable for learning how to operate the many features of the Wide Vision unit.
With the unit turned off, press and hold POWER until you hear a continuous chirp. This initiates the
simulator operation and "simulator" will be displayed at the top of the screen. Your Wide Vision will
simulate all functions as if it were actually on the water.
To exit the simulator, press POWER to turn the unit off. Pressing POWER again will power-up the unit for
normal operation.
When in simulator operation, the Wide Vision unit will respond to control inputs as if it were in actual
operation, so feel free to experiment with the many features and functions to customize the Wide Vision
unit for your particular application.
The Wide Vision remembers many user settings made while in actual operation, even if power is
disconnected. If setting adjustments are made while using the simulator they will not be retained and the
unit will default to the latest adjustments made during actual operation.
The first thing you may notice about the Wide Vision unit is the high-resolution, wide screen LCD display.
The LCD display uses super-twist technology, for maximum viewability and is ruggedized for tough shock
and vibration endurance. The display is also backlit for nighttime operation, and uses special components
so it can operate at temperatures more extreme than you are likely to encounter.
The Wide Vision allows you a number of ways to display sonar information. Some features are used in
conjunction with special accessories such as the Boat Speed and Water Temperature gauge, or "Wide
Side" side looking transducer.
Figure A shows the default screen layout. With the speed and temperature gauge connected a distance
back number is displayed which represents the linear distance of the sonar information being displayed.
The faster your boat is traveling, the greater the distance number. If you are not using the
temperature/speed accessory, the screen layout will be slightly different, as shown in Figure B.
If you are using the Wide Side accessory transducer, the screen layout will look like Figure C.
Later, you will learn of another feature called "advanced operation". This feature uses yet another screen
layout as shown in Figure D which maximizes the display for the terrain and target presentation.
The number of vertical pixels (picture elements or dots) in a given depth range determines the display
resolution, or ability to differentiate targets close to the bottom or other targets. The Wide Vision is
capable of distinguishing between targets only 6 inches apart, and show fish within 6 inches of the
On all screens but the Wide Side view, the horizontal line at the top of the display is the "Zero" line. This
represents the surface of the water. The "Zero" line will always have a gap which moves as the screen
updates. This gap lets you know that the display is updating even if the bottom terrain remains the same
or is not visible on the selected depth range. The farthest right column of information is the most recent
information, and it shows what is directly under your boat.
At power-up, the Wide Vision locates the bottom and adjusts the depth range to a setting most
appropriate for that depth. The bottom will be usually shown about 2/3 of the way down the display. The
Structure ID depiction of the bottom may appear differently in different situations. If the bottom is very
hard and smooth, the bottom depiction will be narrow and dense. If the bottom is mud or soft sand, the
bottom depiction will be thick and less dense. This indicates that much of the sonar signal is absorbed by
the soft bottom. If the bottom is rugged and varying, such as a rocky bottom, the depiction will be textured
and vary in density. Structure, such as submerged trees or brush, or other objects are clearly displayed
above the solid bottom return, in varying densities of pixelization. This bottom depiction is useful in
locating structure, by comparing relative density as well as depth.
The transmitted sonar signal travels downward, and is reflected back toward the surface by the bottom or
other objects for display on screen.
The signal does not stop there - it is reflected downward again by the surface of the water, and a weak
"second return" is usually visible if the depth range is sufficient to see it. A second return is shown in the
figure below. Some users use this second return as an indicator for setting the sensitivity bias.
If a target is detected between the surface and the bottom, it is displayed as a fish symbol. Depending on
the strength of the signal reflected from the object, one of three different size symbols is used. These
reflected signals are "normalized" for depth, so that a small fish does not appear to be a large fish if it is
close to the boat.
Since some species of fish tend to be better reflectors of sonar than others, the strength of return is not
always an accurate indicator of fish size, however, typically, the larger the fish, the larger the signal
Additionally, since the Wide Vision uses a dual beam transducer, each of the two beams is evaluated
independently, and some directional indication is possible. If a target is seen in the narrow beam, it is
located directly under your boat, and is displayed as a solid fish symbol. If a target is seen in the wide
beam only, it can be assumed that the target is at the outside of the sonar coverage area, not directly
under the boat, and is displayed as a hollow fish symbol.
The Wide Vision unit uses only seven buttons to control all functions. The controls are divided into two
groups: POWER, STOP, and LIGHT are one group, and the Menu System controls are the other group.
When any button is pressed, an audible "chirp" will verify the control input.
POWER, as previously discussed, powers the Wide Vision for normal operation. Also,
if the unit is powered off, press and hold POWER until you hear a continuous "chirp" to
enable simulator operation as discussed in "Simulator Operation." Pressing POWER
when the unit is in normal or simulator operation will power the unit off.
STOP freezes the display to allow closer study. Pressing STOP again will resume
normal operation. Also, if a menu is on-screen, STOP will retain the menu onscreen
until STOP is pressed again. The digital bottom depth will continue to update, as usual,
even if the display is stopped.
LIGHT enables a two-level display backlight and backlit keypad. Pressing once will
turn the light on low, pressing a second time will increase the backlight to the high
setting, and pressing a third time will turn the backlight off.
The four remaining buttons work together to control the Menu System - an array of
menu controlled functions.
MENU brings a menu on-screen for adjustment, or if a menu is already present, the
next menu in sequence will appear. Menus will go off-screen and normal operation will resume after a
short period of time. If you wish to keep the menu on-screen for an extended period of time, press STOP.
UP arrow selects the next larger or next sequential adjustment within the menu. Holding an Arrow button
down will cause the unit to continue to make the adjustment, until a limit is reached, and the limit alarm
DOWN arrow selects the next smaller adjustment within the menu.
ENTER is used to toggle other menu options on and off.
All menus use the same general layout as shown in the sample menu at the right. The heading of the
menu is at the top. The area in the center is controlled by the UP and DOWN arrows, and the area under
the horizontal line is controlled by the ENTER button. Not all menus are affected by all controls, but the
layout is the same regardless. Pressing MENU repeatedly will sequentially display all available menus.
The following section explains each
menu in detail, and how these
adjustments can be used to extract the
maximum information from the sonar
returns. With several exceptions, once a
setting has been changed, the Wide
Vision will remember that setting until it is
again changed, even if power is
The Wide Vision uses a special "dual
element" transducer that transmits a wide
and narrow beam simultaneously. Using
two different beams allows the unit to
compare the returns from each beam individually, the 16 degree narrow beam element only, and "Wide"
which uses only the 53 degree element. Different onwater situations and personal preference may dictate
the use of only one element, however the Wide Vision is designed to gather maximum information when
both narrow and wide elements are used simultaneously (Dual). Pressing ENTER will display additional
information about the selected beam's width of bottom coverage. The width of bottom coverage number is
displayed onscreen and is continually updated depending on the water's depth.
If you are using the optional Wide Side transducer, and have selected side-looking operation, the adjustand gain more information about the terrain below.
For instance, if a fish is detected in the wide beam only, the target may be some distance from your boat,
however, if a target is detected in the narrow beam, the fish is directly under your boat. This directional
information about the target is shown on-screen as hollow fish symbols for wide beam returns, and solid
fish symbols for narrow beam returns.
The options in the Transducer menu are "Dual", which uses both transducer elements for transmitting and
receiving the sonar signals, "Narrow" which selects ments available in the Transducer menu will be "Left",
"Right", and "Both". More information about these options is discussed in "Wide Side Operation".
As the Wide Vision receives returned signals, the
sensitivity of the receiver is adjusted automatically based
on a number of factors such as the depth of the water, and
the signal clarity. In murky water, full of debris, the Wide
Vision will select a lower sensitivity setting. In clear water,
where there is little debris to defract the sonar signal, the
sensitivity is set higher.
The Sensitivity menu allows you to "bias" this automatic
setting up or down based on personal preference.
You can select a bias of +5 to -5, for 11 different bias
settings. A bias setting of "0" has no effect on the
automatic function. A +3 setting selects a sensitivity setting
three steps higher than the unit would normally select, so
even the smallest returns are displayed on-screen.
A setting of -2 sets the sensitivity two steps below what the unit would normally select, so only the largest
targets or other returns are displayed.
Another use of the Sensitivity menu is to select the bottom representation. The Wide Vision normally
displays a variable Structure ID bottom, which can allow experienced users to determine the texture or
relative hardness of the bottom. For simplicity, you can select a black bottom using the ENTER button.
This blackens in the display below the bottom for easiest recognition of the bottom location, even from a
great distance.
The Wide Vision adjusts the depth range automatically, so the bottom return is displayed at the bottom
1/3 of the display. This leaves the top 2/3 to display anything between the surface and the bottom. As
your boat moves over deeper or shallower water, the unit adjusts the depth range of the display to keep
the bottom return in the same general area on the screen.
However, you may choose to control this range adjustment manually. By pressing ENTER, you can select
manual operation, meaning the unit will no longer adjust the depth range automatically. The depth range
selected is controlled by the UP and DOWN arrow buttons. Ranges of 0-15', 30', 60', 120', 180', 240',
360', 480', 600' & 1000' can be selected. An on-screen icon indicates whether the unit is in "AUTO"
(automatic) or "MNL" (manual) range control.
If you alter the depth range, Manual operation is automatically selected. This feature is valuable if you are
only interested in targets near the surface. The Wide Vision will always display the digital depth of the
water, regardless of whether the bottom is shown on the selected depth range.
Another form of range control is Zoom. Zoom allows
selection of various ranges for full screen viewing, while
maintaining a view of the full range. By using the display to
view a smaller area, the effective display resolution is
increased, and the units ability to separate targets close
together is enhanced.
The zoom range is determined by the depth range in use
when Zoom is enabled. In shallow water, when the 15' or
30' depth range is used, the zoom range will be 7-1/2'. If
the 60' or 120' depth range is in use, the zoom range will
be 15', if a 180' - 480' depth range is used, the zoom range
will be 30', and if the 600' - 1000' range is in use, the zoom
range will be 60'.
To enable Zoom, adjust the horizontal lines to the depth of the zoom range using the UP and DOWN
arrow buttons, then enable Zoom using the ENTER button.
Once you are in zoom, refer to the preview area and adjust the depth of the zoom range by using the UP
and DOWN arrow buttons. The Zoom menu will not appear when an adjustment is made unless MENU is
The digital depth readout will continue to track the bottom even when Zoom is enabled.
Bottom Lock is a function of zoom, except the depth adjustment is controlled automatically to view the
area immediately above the bottom. This is especially useful if you are looking for structure or minor
variations in terrain in areas of relatively flat bottom terrain. To enable Bottom Lock, press ENTER until
the "BL" is highlighted. The zoom range will be controlled by the current depth range, as in Zoom, and will
be indicated on the Zoom menu.
Bottom Alarm
The Wide Vision contains an audible alarm to warn you of shallow water depths. This alarm is adjustable
from 2' to 99' of depth. To enable the alarm, simply adjust the alarm depth using the UP and DOWN arrow
buttons, and press ENTER. Whenever the depth of the water beneath your boat is equal to or less than
the selected alarm depth, a continuous alarm will sound.
To disable the alarm, either move to deeper water, or select the Bottom Alarm menu, and press ENTER
to turn the alarm off.
Fish Alarm
The Fish Alarm alerts you to the presence of fish, or other targets not attached to the bottom, in the water
beneath your boat. The Fish Alarm has 3 different settings which correspond to the 3 different size fish
targets shown on-screen.
To enable Fish Alarm, use the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to adjust the size return you want to be
alerted to: large fish only, large and medium size fish, or all fish. Then press ENTER to enable the alarm.
Remember that it is impossible for sonar to deter mine if a signal return is a fish or some other type of
object or suspended debris. Any object not connected to the bottom is normally a fish and is portrayed as
a fish symbol. The strength of the reflected sonar signal from a target is a good indicator of the size of the
target, and the fish symbol displayed represents the strength of the signal reflected from it.
ID is the automatic identification of target returns based on the strength of the returned signal and other
factors. Three options are available: ID "On" displays targets' as one of three different size fish symbols.
arrow buttons, and press ENTER. Whenever the depth of the water beneath your boat is equal to or less
than the selected alarm depth, a continuous alarm will sound.
ID+", the default setting, provides more information about the location of the target by attaching depth
"strings" showing the digital depth of the target. When there are numerous targets on-screen, not every
target depth is shown, to avoid excessive clutter on-screen.
ID "Off" disables the units interpretation of targets, and displays the "raw" sonar information as it is
received. Advanced users may prefer this type of presentation, so they can make there own interpretation
from the information displayed.
TripLog provides a time/distance calculation, based on input from the speed accessory. The timer is
started when the unit is first powered, and distance information is collected to provide elapsed distance
since power up, and the average speed. To enable the TripLog display, press ENTER.
The TripLog can be reset at any time by pressing STOP. Press ENTER to return to the normal screen.
Note: The TemperaturelSpeed accessory must be connected for TripLog to work.
System Options
The System Options menu allows the adjustment of several additional features. These adjustments are
usually made initially, and rarely thereafter. To make these adjustments, first enter the System Options
full screen menu with the ENTER key. Then press MENU to choose the category for adjustment, the UP
and DOWN arrow buttons to adjust the setting, and the ENTER key to return to the normal screen when
you have finished.
Scroll Rate controls the rate of update of the display.
There are five rate settings available. The default setting is
rate 4 - you may speed up or slow down the update rate to
match your personal preference. To present the most
accurate representation of the terrain beneath your boat,
the scroll rate of the display should be approximately
synchronized to the speed of the boat. If your boat is
stationary or moving slowly, select a slower scroll rate, and
if you typically operate the boat at high speeds, use a
faster scroll rate. At depths exceeding 600' the scroll rate
may automatically decrease due to the time it takes for the
sonar signal to travel down and back to the surface.
Contrast adjusts the display screen for easier viewing under given light conditions. There are 9 contrast
settings available.
Sonar Mode is used to select the Side-Looking mode of operation if the Wide Side transducer is used.
This setting changes the mode of operation of the Wide Vision to present information gathered from either
side of the boat, and should not be used with the normal transducer. Refer to "Wide Side Operation" for
more detailed information.
User Level is used to select Normal or Advanced operation. Advanced mode performs several functions
which will benefit the experienced user. Icons are not shown and numerical data is smaller to allow more
of the display to be used for the picture of the bottom. Several other changes in operation occur which are
designed to increase the speed of adjustments, and maximize the graphic use of the display. Refer to
"Advanced Operation" for more detailed information.
Units-Speed allows a selection between displaying speed in MPH or KTS. MPH displays your boat's
speed in statute miles per hour and KTS displays your boat's speed in knots or nautical miles per hour.
Boat speed and water temperature features require the use of the temp/speed accessory.
The Wide Vision contains the unique ability to be adaptable in operation to match the experience level of
the user. Users inexperienced in the operation of the Wide Vision should use the factory "Normal" setting.
As your experience increases, you will benefit from many of the changes that occur when "Advanced"
operating mode is selected. The selection is made in the System Menu and affects the following:
The base screen layout is modified to maximize the
display for terrain and target presentation. To accomplish
this, symbols such as Sensitivity setting, and Fish Alarm
indicators, are removed.
When a menu adjustment is made, the menu goes offscreen in approximately half the normal time. Menus are
abbreviated and after an adjustment is made only a small
indicator remains at the top of the screen so that you can
make quick adjustments. This lets the experienced user
make adjustments, then quickly return to full-screen
These changes are designed to make the maximum use
of the available screen resolution, and speed up
operations that restrict the view of the bottom.
Wide Side is an accessory transducer that gives your Wide Vision the capability of collecting sonar
information from either side of your boat. Side-looking sonar is extremely valuable for bank fishing, or
looking for bait fish in open water.
The Wide Side transducer contains 3 different elements which transmit signals to the left, right, and
straight down from your boat. The downward beam is 200 kHz with a 24 degree area of coverage. This
beam maintains a continuous digital depth readout from the bottom directly beneath your boat. The side
beams are 455 kHz with a 16 degree area of coverage. These side-looking elements can be used
independently, or together to locate targets near the surface of the water on either side of your boat.
The Wide Side transducer is available as a trolling motor mount, a transom mount, or a portable mount.
Wide Side can be connected directly to your Wide Vision unit in place of the dual beam transducer, or
used in conjunction with a transducer switch so both transducers can be connected to the Wide Vision.
See the section on "Installing the Wide Vision" for additional information.
Also, several kits are available that include a Wide Side transducer with a switch or an additional
mounting system. (See Section One, Available Accessories)
When the Wide Side transducer is connected directly to your unit, or selected using a transducer switch,
the unit setup must be changed to correspond with the type of transducer being used. This adjustment is
made through the "System Options" menu. Use the MENU button to select the "System Options" menu
and press ENTER. Press MENU until the "sonar mode" option is highlighted. Press UP or DOWN until
"side" is displayed. Press ENTER when the selection is correct.
Your Wide Vision is now configured for Wide Side operation.
When you exit the "System Options" menu, the view you will see on-screen is shown (above right).
Viewing both left and right sides simultaneously gives you an excellent tool when searching for bait fish or
following a creek bed, however greater display resolution can be achieved by viewing only one side.\
Experiment with the Wide Side transducer while operating it in a familiar area and learn how to make
maximum use of the information displayed. Remember, if you are using a trolling motor mount, the
information displayed is controlled by the direction the trolling motor is pointing, not necessarily the
direction the boat is travelling.
The information collected is controlled through the "Transducer" menu. The UP and DOWN arrow keys
select "left", "right" or "both". Pressing ENTER will select the "down" mode and a traditional down view will
be displayed. When "down" mode is selected, the single 24 degree down-looking element of the Wide
Side transducer is used to collect this information. Unlike the dual beam transducer, the Wide Side
transducer does not have "wide", "narrow" or "dual" beam options.
The "Range" menu in Wide Side must be used to control the range manually, as the bottom is not always
visible on-screen. Ranges of 15, 30, 60 and 120 feet are available.
"Zoom" has no function in Wide Side mode and the menu will not be present.
The "ID" menu is not present in Wide Side mode. Fish are displayed as three different size fish symbols,
there are no hollow fish symbols to give directional information.
Most other menu functions work the same in Wide Side mode as with the standard dual beam transducer.
"Bottom Alarm", "Fish Alarm", and "Sensitivity" have the same effect.
"Triplog" is available, if the optional temperature/speed accessory is connected.
To return to the normal "down" operation using the standard dual beam transducer, you must reconnect
the dual beam transducer (by replacing the Wide Side connector) or use the switch to select the dual
beam transducer. Next, configure the unit by selecting the "down" mode under the "System Options"
Note: The "sonar mode" must always be configured to match the type of transducer being used.
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