April 25th, 2012 - FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD., The world's leading manufacturer of marine electronics, has released a new product series of GPS chart plotter: The GP-1670/1670F/1870/1870F. The 5.7" and 7" Chart Plotter series provides the user with powerful, fast performance and intelligent features while remaining compact in size. The GP-1670F/1870F is a fish finder combo, which integrates the latest digital fish finder technology providing clear view of fish targets and sea bottom structure. Its durable waterproof casing enables users to monitor and track positions in virtually any environment.
The unit provides accurate and reliable position fixing, thanks to a super sensitive, built-in 50-channel GPS/WAAS while its antenna is mounted inside the unit for easy installation. (External antenna option available.) It employs a bright color TFT LCD with a special AR (anti-reflective) glass filter to cut down on annoying glare. The LCD and glass are bonded together to ensure fog free operation on open console installations. Furthermore, The GP series has an LCD screen that does not "black out" when wearing polarized sunglasses, providing clear visibility from virtually any angle.
The GP series is designed to be easy to use with its user-friendly GUI (Graphic User Interface). To make operation even easier while underway, FURUNO has incorporated its intuitive RotoKey™ rotary knob, which allows you to make adjustments, such as range and gain, or make menu selections.
The new GP series supports detailed C-MAP 4D charts by Jeppesen, which will be locally supplied with an SD card. C-MAP 4D includes a navigational perspective with high resolution coastal imagery overlaid on the most accurate and up-to-date vector data, plus thousands of aerial photos for the most popular marinas and areas of interest.
The Easy-Routing Technology analyzes the high-quality C-MAP 4D data, works out the shortest route and then checks and displays hazards in each leg of the journey. Enter start and end points along with specific boat parameters and automatically receive waypoints of the shortest route. The technology highlights potential hazards and displays varying levels of alerts for each segment of the route and allows you to manually adjust the route.
The GP-1670F/1870F comes complete with FDF (Furuno Digital Filter), ACCU-FISH™ (identifies fish size & depth) and BDS (Bottom Discrimination Sounder), BDS helps identify bottom structure such as sand, mud, gravel or rocks under your boat. This information is helpful in spotting rich fishing grounds where you can boost your catch for the day.
The GP series accepts input and offers CAN bus/NMEA2000 connectivity for superior convenience when adding as few or as many extra sensors as you desire such as AIS, wind sensor, temp sensor, engine information and more.