Furuno introduces SC33 satellite compass


(CAMAS, Wash.) — For years, Furuno's SC30 satellite compass has provided highly accurate and stable heading, as well as pitch and roll, rate of turn, and vertical motion data to a vast array of navigation equipment. While the SC30 has delivered precise information to thousands of vessels worldwide, Furuno has still found room for improvement and is announcing a significant upgrade to their original groundbreaking design with the release of the SC33. While maintaining a compact satellite compass design that allows for simplified installation, the SC33 now leverages Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to deliver enhanced accuracy and performance.
While sharing the same footprint as the original SC30, the SC33 is capable of utilizing multiple GNSS systems, such as GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and QZSS. Using parallel GNSS signal processing, the SC33 is even more accurate and reliable than its predecessor. The ability to handle multiple GNSS systems allows the SC33 to provide accuracy of ±0.4 degrees for heading/roll/pitch and 3 meters for position. The unit also has built-in temperature and pressure sensors, which can output that data to the NMEA2000 network.
The SC33 is suited for installation on sportfishing boats with towers or center consoles, cruising boats, coastal tugboats, high-speed craft such as SAR and patrol vessels, and other work boats. Its hardware and dome structure provide substantial resistance to shock and vibration, and its design is highly resistant to problems stemming from multi-path of satellite signals, which can be challenging for even the most seasoned installers, when often faced with complex vessel configurations.

The SC33 satellite compass delivers a start-up/first fix time of about 60 seconds, a follow-up rate of 45-degrees/second for high-speed craft, and the ability to connect to NMEA2000 or NMEA0183/AD10 format. Unlike traditional compasses, the SC33 is free from regular maintenance, as it has no moving parts to wear out.

To learn more about Furuno's new SC33 satellite compass or the complete line of Furuno marine electronics, visit www.furuno.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff