This is a technical post. This week we installed a new radar system on Zen Again. When we bought the boat she had a 1990s Furuno radar. At our major refit in Thailand it was on its last legs so we disposed of it.
During our voyage from Australia to the UK we had several incidents where we were caught out by squalls - either at night or in overcast conditions. We resolved to fit a radar system before resuming bluewater cruising. Its primary role would be detecting the heavy rain usually associated with bad squalls.
When we started looking for a new radar our starting point was Furuno since we like their radars. The 1st Watch DRS4W system was particularly interesting since it provides a WiFi access point instead of a fixed display. This fitted our philosophy as described recently here, using iPads for chartplotting and real-time and trend data display.
|Mounted low since looking for rain not distant ships|
Next we tried connecting an iPhone. Very simple. Up to two devices can be connected simultaneously. User input on either controls the display on both. On the iPhone the menus are accessed by tapping the screen.
|Offset and Guard Zone|
|HMSs Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales fine on our port quarter!|
Looking forward to sea trials!