Furuno NavNet MaxSea, a big deal

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.

9 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    I am looking forward to the “2000-to-Ethernet gateway box” then we’ll be talking.
    Andrew Smith

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    EXACTLY! There are lots of ways to skin these cats, but I’m pretty sure many boats will end up with a combination of NMEA 2000 & Ethernet.

  3. Dave says:

    Someone is going to snap up RosePoint and integrate Coastal Explorer with nav hardware. That will be a hot ticket. Too bad none of the companies are forward looking enough to open their platform and specs a la the open source model. Probably too risky given the lawsuit madness. All this integration just locks you forever into one company.

  4. Andrew Smith says:

    Sign my up for the Beta programe!

  5. Noland says:

    I’ve been hunting high and low for any of these keys to the kingdom. Does anyone know if any manufacturers have some digital radar output with a published protocol?
    I would love to get radar data directly into the PC software without going through these messy PCI cards or interface servers, what a pain…

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, I have to say that when I wrote that PMY article seven years ago I missed a lot about what was going to happen. RayTech never did come back, and neither Simrad nor Garmin ever went for a PC software relationship like what Furuno and MaxSea have been working on. In fact, PC navigation has been on the decline as MFDs became more powerful.
    I continue to believe that an Ethernet radar that could interface easily to multiple charting programs would be a good seller, but I doubt we’re going to see one with compelling performance and a system-like price anytime soon. More likely but still nonexistent is a good radar that can run directly to a PC but only if a same brand MFD is on board. See Navico GoFree announcement for some hope of that: http://goo.gl/ad2rf

  7. Robert says:

    Unfortunately, ‘PC navigation’ is not top of the to-do list at Maxsea.
    Until they sort out the errors in tidal navigation calculations it remains a pretty chart and instrument viewer. Still not fixed in the recent 1.9.7 update…

  8. Cameron says:

    I believe that my Maxsea can display radar information from my Furuno radar, with the MFD on the network.

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    If you have the Explorer edition, it certainly can: http://goo.gl/LW8E5
    And with each update of MSTZ Explorer the radar control gets more and more complete: http://goo.gl/vyDBr

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