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Old 25-03-2020, 15:07   #16
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Re: Review Furuno DRS4W Radar 4 iPad

I may look at going this route. Rethink my system. Wanted something I could have charts, AIS and Radar on something small and efficient like the iPad. Something I could operate from the helm, and not have to go below to my chart table.

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You have to have an iPad to run it. Bumps the price up another $800
No, because you have to have an iPad... it means you already have it for other reasons. Only when someone, for some weird reason, does not have an iPad yet, then you can buy a brand new, latest generation iPad for $279.-

Edit: a link to support the $279: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-10-...lver/758559855
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No, because you have to have an iPad... it means you already have it for other reasons. Only when someone, for some weird reason, does not have an iPad yet, then you can buy a brand new, latest generation iPad for $279.-

Edit: a link to support the $279: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-10-...lver/758559855

Exactly. The target market is the person with minimal electronics who is already using an iPad for nav and wants to add a low cost radar to the setup.
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Re: Review Furuno DRS4W Radar 4 iPad

thank you Seacap for the review of the Furono DSR4W.. I like the idea of a simple inexpensive radar but collision avoidance and an ability to track weather are pretty important reasons for having a radar unit at all.
so I'll take your recommendation and keep looking
does anyone have experience with the SI-TEX MDS-8R .. similar in price as the Furuno but uses Nobeltec and Windows based PC. ?
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does anyone have experience with the SI-TEX MDS-8R .. similar in price as the Furuno but uses Nobeltec and Windows based PC. ?
I am also interested in this radar. But I see some listings for it with Nobeltec software and other listings with P-Sea software?

I have a weatherproof panasonic toughbook I am setting up as my navigation platform.
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Hello Trekka
I called Furuno.. this unit is discontinued ..some are still available .. but I could find not one single review so I'm not sure..
still looking.. if you get one can you post a review. ?
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I called Furuno.. this unit is discontinued ..some are still available .. but I could find not one single review so I'm not sure..
still looking.. if you get one can you post a review. ?
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Furuno or Si-Tex? It is the Si-Tex MDS8r I am interested in.
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yes .. I called both.. same deal.. can't find any reviews on the Si Tex.. there is a post on CF about the Furuno and it was mostly negative from a seasoned sailor. Si Tex is discontinued. but I like the concept. from what I remember it is not wifi connected.. needs an ethernet cable I believe.
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The Si-Tex is available on Amazon, and even WalMart online.
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yes ..they're available and you can buy them but they are a discontinued item .. Si Tex still have some and I guess they will still offer some support .
just not making any more. the fact that you have to connect to the computer with a cable might be a hassle. ?
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Re: Review Furuno DRS4W Radar 4 iPad

You don't need a new generation iPad to run the Furuno radar. I bought a refurbished earlier iPad 2 for $100 and it works fine. From the owner's manual, anything from iPad 2 up and anything from iPhone 5 up.

By the way, I bought it over two years ago after many years of using Furuno 1715s. It's superior to the 1715, although it gives you a bit less in the way of manual adjustment. I have not managed to tune it to plot segulls.
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Re: Review Furuno DRS4W Radar 4 iPad

I need the DRS4W to work with OpenCPN. I have an email to Furuno with this question.
Otherwise we need to get the simplest radar for OpenCPN.
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