8 March 2019
New from Furuno is the SC33 Satellite Compass. While maintaining a compact Satellite Compass design that allows for simplified installation, the SC33 leverages the latest Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to deliver enhanced accuracy and performance.
The SC33 provides users a highly accurate and stable heading, as well as pitch and roll, rate of turn, and vertical motion data to a vast array of navigation equipment.
The ability to handle multiple GNSS systems allows the SC33 to provide unprecedented accuracy of ±0.4° for Heading/Roll/Pitch and 3 meters for position. The unit also has built-in temperature and pressure sensors, which can output that data to the NMEA2000 network, packing even more useful features into a sharp looking, streamlined antenna.
The SC33 is perfect for installation on sport fishing boats with towers or centre consoles, cruising boats, coastal tugboats, high-speed craft such as SAR and patrol vessels, and other workboats. Its robust hardware and rugged dome structure provide substantial resistance to shock and vibration, and its design is highly resistant to problems stemming from multi-path of satellite signals, which can be challenging for even the most seasoned installers, when often faced with complex vessel configurations.
As marine electronics technology has evolved so rapidly, having highly accurate heading data has become more critical than ever. If you have a Radar, Chart Plotter, Autopilot, AIS, Fish Finder or Sonar on your vessel, the SC33 can improve the accuracy of those units. If you have a Furuno Radar with the True Motion echo trail feature, the SC33's heading accuracy and speed ensures echo trails are displayed with smooth lines so you can take full advantage of those "at-a-glance" features. Furuno Fish Finders with Heaving Compensation capability will find the SC33 an essential component to having a stable presentation.
As the sea moves your vessel vertically, the change in distance between your Fish Finder and the seafloor can be dramatic, making the presentation on your Fish Finder screen unreliable (referred to as the 'sawtooth' effect). The SC33's Heaving Compensation adjusts for vertical motion and delivers an unwavering presentation on your Fish Finder screen. Heaving Compensation also removes the need to invoke Fish Finder "Bottom Lock" display modes that can mask important bottom details and cause distorted fish target echoes.
Finally, if you have a Furuno Sonar, the SC33's pitch and roll compensation is invaluable, facilitating stable detection and allowing your Sonar to display a rock-solid presentation, even in foul weather conditions.