Furuno has introduced a new IMO Echo Sounder, FE800, offering an 8.4-inch Color LCD display with built-in dual-frequency capability. It also features a new system design that provides immediate retrofit capability of older Furuno units, as well as easy installation on new build vessels.
The new color display accommodates both full and split-screen options. It offers a traditional single-frequency bottom presentation that you are used to seeing, but with the 8.4-inch screen, it is large enough to show two completely independent sounder presentations. Users can choose single or dual frequencies in 50 kHz and/or 200 kHz. The FE800 allows users to show conventional “below the vessel” sounder images, or a Fore/Aft display.
Furuno said it also improved upon the brains of the unit by making it more flexible and easier to interface with other electronics
. It offers three NMEA ports with easy to affix WAGO connectors. Also, an IEC61162-450 Ethernet port
is available, making it simple to connect the FE800 to Furuno’s new VDR and a variety of other networked Furuno equipment. While the display and processor are new, all the below-decks equipment, like transducers, tanks, matching boxes, gate valves and cabling utilized with the previous model are fully compatible with the FE800.