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Furuno-to-English Dictionary Needed

Old 10-10-2011, 10:37 AM
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I'm interested in the NavNet xx2 but am finding the Furuno website a tough go. This is preliminary so I'd rather get some neutral advice here than go to a dealer at this stage.

Apparently the base system comes with an open array antenna, 48-mile radar and a plotter. With the exception of a possible side-scan sonar (down the road a bit), I'd like to stick with Furuno. I'm assuming that with the plotter comes GPS so I'm looking for a sounder add-on and possibly an autopilot. I say possibly because Furuno's stand-alone autopilots are considerably more than are Simrad or Raymarine. Does anyone know if their autopilots integrate with the NavNet and, if they do, are they more affordable (than their stand-alones) due to the hardware redundancy?
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Simrad will with no problems. I have it on my boat with Navnet 2.
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I have the 511 autopilot and it works very well. Connects with one wire to my 1834, although there is a lot more stuff to hook up the AP. The Furuno AP comes with the heading sensor but not the pump.
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That's not the base Vx2 system , but it is the basic 1934C/NT system. . I believe you have to add the BBWGPS black box GPS receiver/antenna or other compatible GPS receiver /antenna if you install only a single display unit.

I think a lot of people use Simrad A/P's with the VX2's. But I have no idea if even the Furuno A/P's have full integration for NNVx2chartplotter control of A/P if that is what you are asking. Even if fully integrated, personally I would still want a separate dedicated A/P control for fastest action when really needed but not everyone would feel the need. .
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I had a NavNet Vx2 on my previous boat with a Simrad autopilot. It integrated just fine and worked well... most of the time. However, I did have a disappointing number of problems with the Simrad unit. On my new boat, I have everything Furuno (including the 511 autopilot) and find that it works very well. If your boat is an outboard or an I/O, you may need to check whether Furuno even offers the "virtual feedback" option that is preferred for outboards and I/Os.

By the way, you do need to buy a separate GPS "antenna" for your Furuno NavNet Vx2 to connect with the plotter, so check that it is included in the package that you are talking about.

I think you will be very happy with your Furuno package. The open array radars and sounders, in particular are great.

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