Anglers who use birds to help find the fish will appreciate the new radars that Simrad debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Norway-based company released the HALO 2000 and HALO 3000.
The radars feature higher power pulse compression and improved detection ranges. Other key integrations like Bird+ Mode, ZoneTrack and Dangerous Target Alerts are supported by the radar.
HALO 2000 has 50 watts of power, ensuring visibility out to 72 nautical miles, while the HALO 3000 has 130 watts of power providing visibility out to 96 nautical miles. Beam sharpening enhances target separation and other technical upgrades include situational awareness enhancements and ZoneTrack.
On the HALO 3000, the new Bird+ Mode activates the radar to solely focus on maximizing 130 watts of power on targeting and identifying flocks of birds at ranges of up to 8 nautical miles.
“This next-generation open array radar delivers even more power and resolution than before, offering increased safety, more accuracy and better range,” said Kevin Steinbraker, VP and General Manager, Digital Systems at Navico Group, in a statement. “By coupling our advanced pulse scheme with our class-leading resolution, we are providing boaters of all types with the best radar on the market for target detection, resolution, system reliability and ease of use.”
The HALO 2000 starts at $6,399 and the HALO 3000 retails for $8,999 and up. Both radars went on sale during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
“Simrad Yachting offers a range of HALO Open Array Radars for all types and sizes of boats, depending on your primary boating activity,” Steinbraker said. “With Bird+ mode, exclusive to the HALO 3000 series, it can help serious offshore anglers find the birds that can help lead to the fish. For the avid boater, HALO 2000 provides the power necessary to see storm cells more clearly at greater distances.”