After the GP-33, it's the RD-33's turn now. These two units are from the same line and look exactly alike; here you see the RD-33 on the left and the GP-33 on the right at Jedi's nav-station:
The RD-33 shows graphical magnetic heading and the GP-33 the plotter with active GOTO.
I have selected this display after reading this article on Panbo.com: Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog: Furuno RD-33 & GP-33, looking very good
My specific wishes were N2K compatibility, the waypoint highway display, graphical magnetic heading to replace steering
compasses and all the usual instrument data. Two RD-33 displays would replace three old B&G displays plus a small Raymarine
plotter in the cockpit
I will show some displays first; the compass
can be seen in the picture above. I like everything about this display and it's a main reason for buying
the displays. I got a good Plastimo
and two fast gyro stabilized heading sensors in the N2K network, so why would I keep paying hundreds of dollars to replace membranes in my two steering
compasses that fail every time?!
Next is the wind
This layout allows you to add additional data, shown as apparent wind
speed and speed through water
here. But every item can be customized through the menu's of these displays.
The graphical highway display is used a lot aboard Jedi. This is what is activated by the navigator when he/she wants to show the helm
where to go in tight situations like around reefs
etc.. It prevents any miscommunication, loud calling etc. so that the helmsman can concentrate on steering and keeping lookout. What is shown here on the RD-33 is a GOTO activated on another device, like the GP-33 GPS
, Furuno chartplotter
, or MaxSea
TimeZero. The helmsman doesn't need to touch a single
Next display shows pitch
and roll. This information comes from the Maretron SSC200 heading sensor and the RD-33 is fully compatible with it.
I also tried the rotation info (turning in how many degrees per minute) from the same sensor and the Furuno
has a very nice graphical display for that too. Works 100%. For sailboats this would only be useful during compass calibration I think so I skipped the picture here.
Next is the plotter display. My photo
failed, so I grabbed this from panbo.com instead:
And here we see lay lines yay !!!! So good to see these appear in standard cockpit
instruments! Now everybody can see when to tack and make it to the destination
I'm not going to post any of the boring displays with lots of numbers showing because every display can do that. So let's go on to the dark side of the unit... what is wrong with it?!
I am unable to select data sources. Well, I am able to select them, but the unit keeps displaying the data from the same sensor. I will take this to Furuno but they are still busy with my GP-33 report for now.
Next is that the unit does not understand the rudder
angle as transmitted to it by the Simrad
. Other displays show this correctly and the N2KAnalyzer shows the PGN to be correctly encoded by the AP25.
But that is all I could find and these are not too bad. One bit of advice though: these units are bigger than I thought, so make sure they fit where you plan to install them!