Furuno Debuts LCD Radar 1815

By Joseph R. Fonseca

With a long history of bringing the very best in
Radar technology to both the commercial and recreational markets,
Furuno is once again set to raise eyebrows and expectations with
the introduction of the new, standalone Color LCD Radar Model
1815. The Furuno 1815 assembles some of the very best features of
their newer commercial and network models, and presents them in a
durable standalone Radar package with an 8.4" color LCD screen
and stylish, low-profile 4kW radome antenna.

The 1815 is designed for a wide variety of vessels, including
pleasure craft, workboats and small fishing boats that require an
easy-to-use, true color Radar at an affordable price point. The
unit allows you to select from several adjustable display colors
to ensure that it can be easily seen in a variety of conditions,
from daylight to the dark of night. The gimbal mount allows the
display to swivel when desktop mounted, allowing the user to
adjust the display angle for optimal viewing comfort. Overhead
mounts are available for added flexibility or you can flush mount
it with a simple 5" hole saw.

This compact Radar incorporates many of Furuno's latest Radar
features, including Furuno's Fast Target Tracking (TT) function,
which allows the user to manually or automatically track up to 10
targets. Tracked target speed and vector display is available in
seconds, making quick work of assessing hazards from approaching
or moving targets. In addition to TT, the 1815 can also display
up to 100 AIS targets when interfaced with an AIS Receiver and
applicable sensors. Another useful feature is Furuno's
proprietary True Trail mode. With True Trails, moving objects
will show a gradation trail of the target in their wake, making
it possible to gauge the directional movement of targets at a
glance.

The 1815 also utilizes Furuno's True View mode to make reading
the display more intuitive. For example, when your vessel is
turning, the echoes stay consistent on the display, so you can
constantly see the targets on the screen, without waiting for
them to update after the turn. This mode proves to be especially
useful when you are turning to avoid hazardous targets.

The automatic gain reduction on the 1815 makes use of algorithms
that have been refined over many decades of Furuno experience and
innovation. This means the 1815 is second to none in clutter
rejection. With no input from the user, this Radar will
automatically eliminate unnecessary echoes and present a clear
display image with every sweep of its antenna. This ensures that
you will be able to acquire other vessels, buoys and objects on
the sea surface in good weather, or when sudden fog and storms
make the visibility poor.

Feb 21, 2017

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