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Antenna watch, Furuno gets the big guys

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    Well, I believe that’s a Simrad weather vane on the N76, but I’m a bit confused by some of the other things I see (or don’t): Where is the sat compass? That flattened dome looks too big to be an SC-50. Aren’t the “blue-stripe” open arrays early Navnet 2? And how is it that that aft sat dome won’t be covered in soot from the main engine exhaust — unless the reason I don’t see an exhaust tip is that this boat is a wet-exhaust twin, possible in a larger Nordhavn?

  2. Andy Murray says:

    Adam Blue strip arrays are generally FR or FAR radars in Furuno’s case (IMO spec usually) for a vessel like Cadenza id say they had 2x FAR-21X7 radars (cracking bit of kit)
    Also Furuno will launch a new commercial set that includes some nn3d ish bits like timezero chart overlay and timezero radar

  3. Andy Murray says:

    Also for the domes id say 1x SeaTel / KVH one fleet system and maybe 1 dummy for aesthetics
    does look like a simrad gps compass and would make sense since the FAR-21×7 doesnt require AD-10 for ARPA etc like older FR1505’s did.

  4. jmcboots says:

    That quadrifilar helix on the left is likely for direct reception of the LEO WX sats.
    The other spreader maybe has a small tracphone antenna and VHF. Upfront a smaller sealtel DBS dome for Satellite TV, and below that the larger seatel 4006 VSAT dome for internet, the radar, and maybe an OTA tv antenna under that for local reception.
    Looks like a GPS and a Flir on one side and another GPS on the otherside of the fore spreaders.
    Do I get a trip on the boat if I am right?

  5. Eric says:

    It would seem that the Furuno is very popular in the Northeast. I am currnetly on Lake Eric and most of the larger vessels are running Raymarine.
    Has anymore testing been done on the Garmin HD24? I read your review of the HD 18 but haven’t seen much on the 24. I am rigging a new fishing boat with Chartplotter, FF, Radar and Weather. The choices are down to Furuno MFD 12 (DRS4D, DFF1) and Garmin 7212 (HD24,GSD 22).
    When comparing like sized antennas (24″) is overall performance based more on Antenna design or the algorithms used to process the raw signals. I guess I was thinking that if the antenna performance is relatively consistent, then as Garmin improves it algorithms could one reasonbly expect the overall performance to improve?

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