By Ben Ellison
Stupid Chart Tricks?
Furuno has introduced a slick black box Weatherfax and Navtex receiver that can send display data to any number of 10.4-inch NavNet devices or PCs on an Ethernet network. Stored images and text pages can be selected from thumbnails and even post-processed for the phase and synchronization errors that can mess up traditional paper printouts.
NavNet units control data display and the FAX30's 1,000 channels and scheduling capabilities via soft keys. PCs exercise the same functions with any Web browser--there's no additional software needed. With a suggested retail price of $995, the FAX30 can reduce the number of visible electronics on the bridge and the amount of wasted paper. It also hints at the exciting places Furuno can go with the Ethernet architecture of NavNet.
Furuno U.S.A. Phone: (360) 834-9300. www.furuno.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.