I’ve been following the progress of the Raymarine Dragonfly series of displays since they were first put on the shelves a couple of years ago. This is just a quick look at some of the features and functions of the new unit, and I hope to be out on the water soon to do a more in-depth testing.
This latest offering in the PRO series is packed full of modern features, some of which are going to change the way we fish. And, costing around £565 including a Navionics chart, it’s a very competitively-priced piece of kit.
The Dragonfly 7 PRO is equipped with an extra-large seven-inch display for maximum visibility, and higher resolution for photo-like sonar images thanks to the exclusive DownVision™.
Like the other models in the range, the new Dragonfly 7 PRO is engineered with optical bonding LCD display technology. Once only available on high-end marine displays, Dragonfly’s all-weather, optically-bonded displays deliver brighter colours, sharper contrast, and is guaranteed to never fog up.
Do you remember in the good old days when you had to be standing square on to a display in order to see it? Thankfully those days are gone, and you can now get a clear view from just about any angle, which is great when you’re on deck fishing and need to see when the wreck or reef is coming up!
How low can it go?
This new unit surpasses ordinary imaging sonars with deepwater performance down to 600ft (180m) and high-speed bottom tracking.
It also comes equipped with a conventional high-frequency CHIRP sonar channel for targeting fish and bottom tracking down to 900ft (277m). You’ll see from some of the screen capture images that the definition and quality of images is superb.
A rather sexy new feature that is made possible by the built-in WiFi on the Dragonfly 7 PRO unit is the ability to stream live data.
Raymarine’s Wi-Fish™ mobile app lets you stream Compressed High Intensity Radiated Pulse ‘CHIRP’ DownVision directly to your smartphone or tablet. Not only that, it allows you to pause, rewind and zoom from your phone or tablet too – so you don’t have to keep going back to the main unit.
You can also have a split screen that allows you to view CHIRP Downvision and Conical Sonar at the same time, to give you even more of an edge.
Dragonfly 7 PRO’s built-in Wi-Fi also syncs with the Navionics Boating app to allow you to use Dragonfly’s CHIRP sonar to create your own high-definition bathymetry maps in real time.
This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the inshore bass angler, as well as for kayak anglers who can access areas that might not be accessible to small boats. If you fish an area on a regular basis, then you can map it out precisely with this function, and keep a detailed map of how the area changes after storms etc. n