Furuno U.S.A

  • Commercial Products
    for Furuno, the commercial market

  • Transducers
    extremely wide range of matched, high performance, high top speed transducers for its various depth sounders

  • Chart Cards
    selection of chart cards that work with our plotter products

  • Boat Parts
    If you are searching for a particular part for your Furuno product

Categories

Fishing Equipment


Fishfinders & Depth Sounders

Furuno Production


  • NavNet 3D

    NavNet 3D incorporates a whole new dimension into Multi Function Displays with Full Time 3D chart rendering.


  • NavNet vx2

    NavNet vx2 combines Radar, GPS/WAAS chart plotter, fish finder and network weather facsimile into one navigation network.

  • Radars
    For 30 consecutive years, Furuno's Radars have won the prestigious NMEA award for Best Radar.

  • Depth & Fish Finders
    Talk to any commercial or sport fisherman and they will tell you that Furuno makes the finest Depth Sounders and Fish Finders on the market.
    Navigation - GPS, Plotters, Autopilots, AIS & Misc.
    From GPS/WAAS receivers to Satellite Compasses

  • MaxSea Marine Software

    Today's captains expect a lot from their navigation systems.


  • Marine Monitors
    Quality and most reliable marine electronics


  • VHF, SSB, GMDSS & Satellite Communication


  • Sonar
    Furuno's high powered sonars have the capability to find fish where other fish finders only wish they could.


Nautical weather Instruments


In less than ideal conditions if the weather changes quickly, offshore and coastal cruisers are especially vulnerable.


Prudent boaters check the weather prior to heading out onto the water, sailors check to sure there's some breeze while most power boat owners want as little wind as possible. But neither of them like surprises and few boaters intentionally head out into bad weather.


There are many means by which weather information can be obtained, TV in some areas, VHF and HF radio voice broadcasts, weather charts, images and data received from satellite and other sources captured by computer, and dedicated weather fax receivers. But you don't need to have the latest technology to get a general short-term forecast. By having a simple barometer on board you can detect changes in the weather. Enough to alert you to tune into your chosen method of receiving forecasts or warnings.


The tried-and-true aneroid barometer is inexpensive, uses no batteries or electricity and provides a reliable picture of impending weather changes. By checking the barometric pressure on a regular schedule and recording it in your logbook, you'll have advance warning of weather problems ahead.


Also available are wireless electronic weather stations that incorporate forecasting features in addition to barometric pressure, such as temperature, relative humidity and pressure trend indicators. These keep track of the barometric trend for you and some even have storm warning features if the pressure changes too rapidly. Displays indicate whether the forecast for the next 12-24 hours is generally for sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, or rainy conditions.


The clocks featured in some of these units are radio controlled and set to the US Atomic Clock.


Another option available to inland and coastal boaters is the portable SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) weather radio. Because weather can change rapidly when you're not always monitoring the VHF for weather, NOAA developed a warning signal alert which is broadcast in the event of severe weather or other hazards.

This tone triggers the specially-equipped SAME radio to automatically activate, sounding an alert tone and receiving current weather watches and warnings. These radios receive only in the areas that you specify (up to four counties), so you're not receiving alerts from areas that don't closely affect you.


The NAVTEX is another little-known way to receive alerts to impending dangerous weather. Part of the Safety System (GMDSS) and Global Maritime Distress and and the World-Wide Navigational Warning Service , the Navtex system broadcasts Maritime Safety Information (MSI) in English, transmitting them on 518 kHz. The broadcasts are telex transmissions requiring a receiver with a microprocessor, printer and/or display, and antenna.


The unit receives only from selected stations and only certain types of messages, for instance navigational warnings, gale warnings, distress alerting, and weather forecasts. The unit stores received messages, prevents printing if the signal isn't good and discards repeated messages. Navtex receivers such as NX-300 by Furuno TM (on photo below) are relatively inexpensive, very reliable within 200 miles of the coast and provide ship safety information such as ice conditions that are nearly unavailable elsewhere.



Furuno NX-300


To learn more visit: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/navtex.htm.

Some of the weather information formats, especially weather fax and some technical text, require boat owners to decipher the data.