MCI to distribute Daniamant’s FLS 3D sonar systems

Marine Components International managing director Andy Scott

MCI was taken over by Andy Scott in 2017

Marine Components International (MCI) in the UK has been chosen by Denmark’s Daniamant to distribute its British-designed EchoPilot forward-looking 3D sonar systems (FLS 3D).

Poole, Dorset-based MCI supplies a wide range of high-end marine products to leading yacht-builders and shipyards worldwide.

According to MCI managing director Andy Scott, the FLS 3D sonar system is one of the best on the market. “Boat owners are very familiar with 2D sonars, but these can only give a representation of what lies directly below, and what has already passed, the keel, with a significant time lag,” Scott explains.

“However, thanks to advances in transducer and graphics technology, EchoPilot’s FLS 3D has a scan ratio of 20 times the depth of water. This means that in just 5m of depth, the sonar can ‘see’ in great detail 100m ahead. This breakthrough means the EchoPilot FLS 3D outperforms rival products costing up to 10 times as much, but which can only offer an eight times depth ratio, equivalent to just 40m ahead for the same 5m of depth.”

Scott says the FLS 3D will strengthen the range of products MCI offers to the market for larger yachts. “MCI sees great potential when this kit is fitted to the tenders of explorer-type vessels,” he says. “Having a real-time 3D display of the seabed some distance ahead will prove invaluable when cruising well off the beaten track.

The deal with EchoPilot follows a period of rapid expansion for MCI. The company recently announced two new distributor deals with Duarry liferafts and BSB’s range of fire dampers. MCI also recently reported that new deals in the superyacht and motorboat sectors, across the UK and Europe, helped to ramp up turnover to £1.35m in 2018/19, nearly double sales from two years ago.

EchoPilot sales and marketing manager, Frederick Graves, says: “We are delighted to have found a partner to assist us in realising the possibilities of our FLS 3D. This product is one of the most proven forward-looking technologies on the leisure market. We are confident that both MCI’s status as an established supplier of high-quality marine equipment along with Andy’s personal market experience will prove to be a significant factor in our expansion plans.”

The EchoPilot FLS 3D will be demonstrated on the Daniamant stand (01.708) at next week’s METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam.