Furuno NavNet TZTouch, best use of MFD WiFi yet?

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.

12 Responses

  1. Ben, downloading and displaying gribs is a big feature for sailors (and other boats, I imagine). Do you think that Navico will do something like this? I for one would LOVE this feature.

  2. David says:

    Is there a POD mount for the TZT ( ie sailboat helm)?
    Very cool tech here. This is the future of NAV.

  3. Bill Bishop says:

    Ben, I see you’re following rule 7, and using the maximum amount of “aids to navigation” allowable by law. If all of that gear is on at night, even in night mode, is it too bright?

  4. Labozza says:

    Hey Ben,
    Great seeing you in Lauderdale. Awesome helm layout on the bridge. I’d love to see you throw one of the EMU-1 Actisense Analog to Digital Engine data converters, unless those TAMD74s are outputting J1939. You’d be able to drop that into the N2K network and view that data on pretty much any of the MFDs as well as a few of the instruments you have, not to mention the iPad.
    Getting to the topic, I love the GRIB viewer within TZT as well. The whole interface of the system is striking similar to what has been achieved through the MaxSea/Nobeltec TimeZero software suites, and the GRIB viewer along with the ability to overlay the standard tides and currents and animate is great. It’s funny, over breakfast with Brice Pryszo, the man who founded MaxSea back in ’85 and has been using nothing but a Mac/PC for over years, told me how he felt so comfortable with the TZTouch interface, that he found himself actually plotting using the MFD as opposed to the PC next to him on a test run. I personally love the combination of the TimeZero SW when it comes to plotting an analyzing route data in conjunction with the MFD, and most of our clients have that configuration. The touch interface is very intuitive, as you’ll realize, and the new software provides even more options from the tap of a finger, with the ability to view the entire RotoKey menu without having to press any additional button, including locking a FLIR camera onto a particular target. Very nicely done, I think you’ll have fun with that TZT.
    PS: Make sure when you’re connecting the iPad to the TZT, use CAPS for everything. I ran into a problem when I first tried it out of the box, and once I reread the instructions, I noticed it mentioned that. I hope that’s the only problem. I used a first generation iPad, and both the Viewer and Remote app worked flawlessly. In Lauderdale, I’m sure you saw the new beta software for the Remote App, looking forward to seeing that in action as well.

  5. Foggy says:

    Hi Ben
    Another great feature of the Navnet Viewer app is the ability to duplicate alarms from the TZT via wifi.
    The app needs to be running or it will not work (however this is an apple short coming not a Furuno one) but means you can have your iPhone or iPad on next to you in your cabin and if for example, an anchor watch alarm goes off it will alarm on your ithing as well.
    Furuno have done an excellent job of covering what 95% of boaters would require in an app, right out of the box.
    And as Labozza said, make sure your password is in CAPS. You may need to change your password on your ships wifi to caps, but once the TZT is on your ships wifi, thats it! no changing wifi networks on your ipad! and you can keep up dating your GRIB files to your hearts content.
    Checkout the below link showing sea surface temperature band between 67-74’F

  6. Ben,
    TZTouch’s WiFi sounds cool – but for all of those who have (recently) invested heavily in Navnet3D, and/or MaxSea Time Zero the obvious question is – When will we see backwards compatability for these systems, in terms of the WiFi and remote app features?
    Or will these folks be left out, the same way Simrad owners were, as talked about in a recent post last week…..

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Don’t mean to hijack the thread but I’ve watched the video of the USCG rescuing 14 Bounty crew twice now and think any boater who hasn’t seen it should:
    And if you want a way to thank the USCG for what they do, I know the place.

  8. Bill Bishop says:

    Ben, impressive USCG work under odious conditions. Most sobering. It does beg the question, “What in the world were they doing out there in the first place?”
    “The Bounty is currently classed as a dockside attraction which is a classification not a statement on her seaworthiness.”

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Bill, There’s some discussion of the decision to leave CT last Thursday on the Bounty’s FB page, in posts before the disaster:
    I always try very hard to reserve judgement in situations like this, but my sense is that a paying gig in St. Petersburg starting 11/10 had a lot to do with this.

  10. Bill Bishop says:

    Ben, the facebook page is down due to traffic. I wasn’t being flippant, it was tragic, but they ran right smack into Sandy on its west side. The position fix on the storm Monday morning put it slightly north of Cape Hatteras. They would have been on the west side of the storm running south in 30′ following seas, and very high winds. Shelter could have been had on Sunday while the storm was still to their south. I dunno, it had to be a deliberate decision to try to weather through it. According to some news reports they were trying to steer clear of the storm. I don’t see how they could have unless they went into a safe harbor.

  11. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I experimented with TZT WiFi some more and found that if I removed the TZT14’s password I could connect directly to it with both the NavNet Viewer and NavNet Remote apps running on either iPad1 or iPad3. NavNet Viewer worked well, but Remote can be laggy especially if you try the highest of the three resolution settings (which, of course, is what you’d like).
    This makes chart work particularly difficult as the RotoKey zoom function is missing from the Control app. You can immediately see what your finger zooms and pans are doing are on the TZT screen but the results are delayed on the iPad screen. Also, on the iPad1, the Remote app runs upside down! I know that Furuno is working on all this, but again I say that this WiFi thing is not easy!

  12. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    News that the Bounty sinking will be investigated and that some tall ship captains have expressed surprise that she left harbor on 10/25: http://goo.gl/4pAAH
    Also turns out that the vessel was in my neighborhood this summer and Captain Walbridge gave a long interview that’s on YouTube: http://goo.gl/Ogbov

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