Furuno Unveils NavNet TZTouch2 Series and Supporting Display

Furuno, Camas, Washington, unveiled its newest multi-function displays (MFD), the NavNet TZtouch2 series.

NavNet TZtouch2 series includes the 12.1-inch WXGA (TZTL12F) and 15.6-inch FWXGA (TZTL15F) multi-touch displays that utilize raster and vector charts in MapMedia format based on Jeppesen, Navionics and NOAA data. Each current TZtouch2 display has a built-in fishfinder that is dual-frequency (50/200kHz) and has a 600W/1kW power output.

With TZtouch2, Furuno introduces a new, proprietary fishfinder technology, called RezBoost, which utilizes Furuno's digital signal processing protocol to produce fish targets and images that appear sharper than a conventional fishfinder. This is provided without having to change the narrowband transducer or purchase a potentially expensive broadband transducer. With RezBoost, boaters can achieve target separation and resolution that was previously limited to Furuno commercial-grade fishfinders. It also includes Furuno's Bottom Discrimination and AccuFish modes. The company says its built-in fishfinder saves consumer at least US $900 compared to earlier NavNet packages.

Additionally, Furuno included a built-in a 56-channel GPS receiver right into the display. An external antenna can still be added for redundancy, but the primary GPS receiver is estimated to save consumers another US $450.

The TZtouch2 features easy-to-identify icons for radar, fishfinder, chartplotter, weather, camera, instruments and nav data. Creating custom display pages is as easy as dragging and dropping the icon onto the display creator. Accessing different displays is done by tapping on the home icon or utilizing the ‘edge swipe' motion. Rather than digging through menus, users can edge swipe from all four sides of the MFD to access various options.

TZTouch2 works with a variety of UHD radars, including Furuno's 4kW Dome, up to a 25kW Open Array.

The system also allows the integration, display and control of NavPilot Autopilot and Furuno's new FI70 Instrument. Both of these products have displays that match TZtouch2, providing the helm an all-glass finish.

Additional sensors that can be added to the network include AIS, Weather Fax, SiriusXM Satellite Weather, Fusion Marine Stereo, cameras, as well as NMEA2000 and Furuno CAN bus devices. It even includes one NMEA0183 output port to send data to legacy systems.

The first series of NavNet TZtouch introduced the capability to access tablets and smartphones via WiFi. TZtouch2 continues that ability, allowing users to download and utilize several free apps for both Apple and Android devices for use with the display. There's also a cable-connected remote keypad that can be added for MFD control away from the screen.

The NavNet TZtouch2 12.1-inch (TZTL12F) has a retail price of US $3,995, while the 15.6-inch (TZTL15F) starts at US $5,995. Both begin delivery this spring.

To assist boaters in managing vessel data, Furuno's FI70 is offered in a stylish, compact, single display. The unit sports a vibrant 4.1-inch colour display that matches with the NavNet TZtouch, TZtouch2 and NavPilot Autopilot, allowing for a common family look on the helm.

It's said to be visible in harsh sunlight conditions and has a night mode to make it easy on your eyes during nighttime operation. The unit's power draw is 1.8 Watts (0.15A/3 LEN) at full 700cd brilliance, making it an efficient instrument for applications where power consumption is a concern.

The FI70 connects through an NMEA2000/CAN bus network to external sensors installed throughout your vessel.

Traditional display modes include heading, wind, rudder, and highway mode in addition to an AIS display, trim tabs, engine RPM (single, double or triple) and a variety of other data displays.