The race to simplify marine navigation operations with new and beautiful technology and elegant software accelerated rapidly over the past five years, and it was already moving at light speed the five years before that. So with innovations moving so quickly, we at Marlin wanted to catch up and see what the ultimate helm stations from some of the leaders in the electronics industry would look like.
We’ve touched responsive screens, streamed wireless music throughout the boat and counted individual sardines on the crazy high resolution of CHIRP sonar screens. We’ve actually read underwater billboards with side-scanning sonar and found lost anchors on Boca Grande, Florida’s Power Pole Reef. With digital radar, we’ve painted scallop snorkelers that we could barely see with our eyes. But what we haven’t seen is all this outstanding technology together in one vessel.
Imagine the possibilities. We did, and we asked Furuno, Garmin, Raymarine and Simrad to help us construct a dream suite of navigation and fish-finding technology. Here, then, are our dream navigation systems built with the best the industry has to offer.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve listed MSRPs for the total equipment list, including peripheral devices, cables and connectors required by the full system that may not appear in these pages.
Price Tag: $120,050
On the Bridge
The heart of this machine will be three 19-inch (MU190T) touch-screen displays powered by dedicated (TZTBB) black boxes. Everything else in the boat feeds this info monster, giving the skipper control of all he surveys. And this system is lightning fast; there’s no visual redraw delay when panning or zooming the pre-loaded U.S. coastal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration raster and vector charts on these clear displays.
The full-color Nav Pilot 700 controller and Furuno’s SC30 satellite compass deliver precise heading, position, SOG and COG, plus pitch-and-roll compensation, to maintain an accurate course. We’ll put one (711c) controller on the tower and cockpit, and we might pop one in the salon too — you can add up to six.
For ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications, we’ve tied in the 250 watt (FS2575) MF/HF Radiotelephone and AIS (FA50) system and a (LH3000) hailer.
True bird-finding radar comes from the 25 kW (DRS25A) color radar. Targets are shaded by strength of return, and few captains will settle for less than this bird’s-eye view. Underwater, the black box TruEcho CHIRP black box (DFF1-UHD) chirps out 90 distinct frequencies and uses Furuno’s exclusive Accu-fish analysis to “print” the clearest fish returns possible.
Searchlight Sonar boasts a 360-degree capability and can track bait and fish no matter where they hide. Two distinct frequencies enhance its ability to track different species. Salon
You may be grabbing a beer and catching the game scores in the salon, but thanks to the 24-inch touch screen (MU240T), you won’t miss any of the action — or control. If you want to cut corners, you can use Furuno’s apps, which are designed to monitor and control the company’s systems from anywhere on board.
Tower & Cockpit
The 14-inch NavNet TZtouch display (TZT14) and 9-inch touch screen (TZT9) in the cockpit give full control to every function on the network, including sonar, radar and autopilot. For communication, we’ll include the two-way speaker and mic for direct communication between bridge and tower or tower and cockpit, and an additional output for VHF, satellite radio and stereo system.
Custom yacht builders usually install whatever sound packages and speakers that the customer chooses, and more often than not, the speakers of choice are the waterproof Bose 131s. The speaker unit fits in the same hole as most standard speakers making them a great choice for a refit. A dedicated driver and an all-Bose ported enclosure give it an unequaled, clear range of tones. Connecting stereo controllers through a Bose receiver/amp really thumps out the sound. The Cinemate sound bar and subwoofer fill the salon with rich music or movie soundtracks.