If you’re serious about having fun on your boat and keeping your family safe, one of the must-haves at the helm is one or more pieces of navigation electronics. For 70 years, Furuno has been producing robust and reliable marine electronics for both the commercial and recreational market. The benefit of Furuno specializing in the commercial maritime market is that the features and reliability built into their deep sea equipment is utilized in their recreational units as well.
Take the GP1871F/GP1971F Multi-Touch Combo units as an example. These rugged, compact units incorporate technology that you see in their larger standalone and MFD solutions. Even their user interface takes its cues from Furuno’s award-winning NavNet TZtouch2 MFDs.
The GP1871F and GP1971F Chart Plotters utilize full-featured C-Map 4D charts. C-Map 4D empowers you with plenty of useful data that you can overlay onto rich vector and raster charts, such as relief vectors, bathymetric layers, satellite photos, tidal streams and marine plans, significantly boosting situational awareness. Creating routes and waypoints is as simple as touch-and-go, and since the series integrates with Furuno's NavPilot Autopilot series, navigating to your destination has never been easier. Plus you can let the Chart Plotter plan your course with its EasyRouting feature. When connected to an AIS receiver, you can see valuable AIS data on the display. C-Weather, which provides downloadable wind, wave, weather, humidity and temperature information, is another standard feature.
These Combo units also include a built-in single-band TruEcho CHIRP, as well as a conventional Fish Finder, transmitting at 300W, 600W or 1kW. Simply tell the unit which transducer you are using, and it will select the appropriate Fish Finder. The TruEcho CHIRP transmits across a spectrum of frequencies, delivering an incredible amount of detail, clearly marking individual game fish and bait fish. The conventional Fish Finder includes RezBoost data processing for an ultra-crisp, high-resolution picture. Other features include ACCU-FISH fish size assessment, and the highly useful Bottom Discrimination function to help you find the most productive fishing grounds.
Radar can be overlayed onto the GP1871F and GP1971F Chart Plotter display via wireless connection to the Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch Wireless Radar. The DRS4W's wireless configuration makes it a breeze to add the compact 19" Radar dome to any vessel. The DRS4W can also display the Radar presentation on a connected smartphone or tablet, offering a significant upgrade in safety and versatility.
These 7” and 9” multi-touch displays fit a wide range of boat sizes and are perfect for new and seasoned captains alike. If you have a larger yacht that has NavNet TZtouch2 installed and need something for a tender or runabout, the GP1871F & GP1971F will have its familiar TZtouch2 user interface, so you will be up and running right away.
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