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Old 10-14-2016, 04:13 PM   #1
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Furuno 1st Watch Wireless Radar

Greetings. Do any of you have any firsthand experience using Furuno's 1st Watch wireless radar, using Wi-Fi? My old Raymarine unit (which must weigh close to 100 pounds with the radome, display and cable) is about ready for Davy Jones' Locker. I like the looks of this unit; only weighs 12.5 pounds, costs about $1,250.00, works on any IOS device, and only requires a 12/24 volt power source be run to the dome. However, advertising words are easy to come up with. Eager to talk with folks who've actually used one.

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Old 10-14-2016, 04:40 PM   #2
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Couple of years ago, Panbo did a review of it:

Panbo: The Marine Electronics Hub: Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch WiFi Radar: Niche or breakthrough product?

Sorry, no actual use of it.

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Old 10-14-2016, 04:56 PM   #3
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We have a friend that installed one on his 26' Tolly and loves it, he also did some beta testing with Nobeltec for there overlay on to TimeZero app.......
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:58 AM   #4
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I do not have any first hand experience but I'm in the process to buy one.. furuno seems like a strong radar but I think gonna wait for garmin come with his new doppler phantom radar on spring... If you don't mind the doppler function, raymarine quantum and B&G 4G are strong contender a better price..
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:34 PM   #5
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I just saw one in action. It looks like a good backup system. Reading the manual it looks limited in functionality
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Old 11-06-2016, 09:29 AM   #6
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I have it and it works well. Can take my iPad anywhere on the boat and have radar, and yes the dome is not heavy at all. Not limited at all, and sensitive enough to pick up a boat wake.

Any day aboard is a good day.
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