Sea Trials

The first time a user sees the FarSounder sonar in action is an important step in building user confidence and understanding in the system. It is important the new users are introduced to the system in an organized manner with clear expectations of what the system can and cannot do.

Pre-Sea Trial Commissioning Check

Before starting a sea trial, it is a good idea to confirm that the system is running and configured correctly. A quick run through FarSounder's Harbor Acceptance Test Protocol can be an easy way to check all the primary settings.

Pre-Sea Trial Customer Training

Before departing on an end user training cruise, it is helpful to provide some end user training. We recommend using our end user training brief as a basis for your end user training presentation. Additionally, we have also collected a series of videos from a variety of environments around the world which can be used to provide the end user with an idea of what to expect in different scenarios. We recommend reviewing those videos before the training cruise.

Sea Trial Plan

FarSounder's navigation systems have been designed to detect underwater navigation hazards ahead of a vessel in shallow water at navigationally significant ranges. The standard commissioning process confirms that the hardware is functioning correctly and the software is properly configured. Commissioning is completed with a Harbor Acceptance Test (HAT) and does not require a sea trial.

Some customers require a System Acceptance Test during a sea trial to complete their internal protocols. Actual system performance is affected by vessel and installation characteristics, ambient conditions, and specific marine environments. Since every vessel and installation is different and external conditions are outside of human control, it is not easy to specify a completely quantitative at sea System Acceptance Test. Our System Acceptance Test (SAT) Procedures been developed to be used as a guide when designing a sea trial plan and System Acceptance Test for FarSounder's navigation sonars.