The Mini Lakestar with Sonar
INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF £499
Complete with Sonar
Weight with battery approx 10lb
Each hopper 320mm
Hopper capacity approx 1/2 kilo each hopper
Sonar and boat range up to 400 metres
Depth reading of sonar up to 30ft
BSA's new handset
Using our own handset might not mean a lot to some but we are extremely proud and exited to have achieved this for the following reasons:
- The handset controls the boat on 433Mhz radio frequency, this eliminates any interference from any other radio controlled boat or bait boat. Each handset will only talk to its own boat.
- We use a transceiver in the boat and a transceiver in the handset. This means that the handset can talk to the boat and the boat can talk to the handset. Having this facility in place gives us the tools to constantly improve and develop new ideas.
- One of the best user features is the battery life of the handset. The sonar handset will run for an amazing 30 hours, approx 4 times that of a conventional 40Mhz radio controlled handset.
- The handset without the sonar will give an amazing 300 hours from 4 AA batteries, approx 50 times more than a conventional radio controlled handset. Take your baits out in the evening and in the morning, you have flat batteries. Not with our handset. You would have over 20 hours left on the sonar handset and over 290 hours on the non-sonar handset. In fact the non-sonar handset would probably give you a full year’s fishing on one set a batteries.
The main problem when fitting sonar devices to a bait boat is that standard sonar such as a Smart cast uses a very sensitive layout. This means that when fitted to a bait boat the following problems can occur:
- The motors give off a magnetic field that we call spikes. The spikes travel down the power supply to the sonar board and the sonar board interprets the spikes as a sonar pulse. This gives a totally wrong reading on the sonar display.
- The speed controllers that drive the boat motors are giving off a pulse. This pulse can also be picked up on the sonar and give a false depth reading.
- The wires on the boat act like aerials also giving off interference to the sonar board.
- Some tweaks can be done but in the end the system will always be not quite right.
- This is why our system has to be the only solution.
- Sonar depth range 40ft.
Andy Kitchen revealed:
“Our main advantage over any other bait boat company that also sell a sonar is simplicity itself. Our boat control board and sonar are both designed and built by us, they are an integrated circuit. This means that we can stop the motors, fire the sonar, display the reading then totally start the motors, stop the motors, fire the sonar and so on and so on. This totally eliminates false sonar readings. We can also tell the sonar what information to accept and what not to accept. In a nutshell we are 100% in control of our system. We do not have to miss and match different systems.”