Furuno MIBS 2018: from TZT2BB megaMFD to GP-1x71F plotter fishfinders

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.

6 Responses

  1. Ian Threlfall says:

    Great to see Furuno is another company that understands that features such as autopilot are there to help the skipper and that adding unnecessary ‘confirming’ button pushes is not helpful. I have long disagreed with Raymarine’s unique view that autopilots have to be hobbled with confirmation button presses when it is simply following a pre-configured route. I am currently assessing which pilot to fit alongside my Raymarine plotters and radar. I think Furuno may have now come into play … along with Simrad.

  2. Nigel Spork says:

    This has annoyed me as well. Not a lot of benefit pre-loading a route if then have to get up and confirm the next waypoint anyway, particularly if they are close …
    I do get the scenario where you are approaching an on-coming vessel, passing port to port, and an automatic change of course to port would result in a collision.
    But a 10 second warning of the course change with a countdown, which you can otherwise stop, works just fine.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Furuno USA announced the 7- and 9-inch multitouch “MFD-like Combo units” today, and there’s a video:


    Also here’s the product pages with retail pricing:



  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    FurunoUSA is teasing new TZT3 mfds on their Facebook page and on their Forum, with more info supposedly coming on Saturday, and probably a full release at the upcoming Miami show. New high power NXT radars too, I’m pretty sure.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Thank you, Christopher! I think it’s smart that new 12-inch TZT3 is hybrid touch with a RotoKey while the 16 and 19-inch models are all glass with remote keypad options. I also see lots of interest in the brochure…


      …like new bigass DRS12A and 25A NXT open array radars, a new TZ First Mate fishing app, and the unique SCX-20 Satellite Compass we saw impressively demo’d at NMEA in September but just coming out now.

      Furuno has not yet sent out press releases about any of this, but they will be doing small group demos at the Miami Boat Show and I know that Ben Stein will sign up.

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