Megayacht refit showcases Furuno chart radar, ECDIS


(CAMAS, Wash.) — In 2000, Costruzioni e Riparazioni Navali (CRN) delivered M/Y Katharine, a 207-foot custom-built megayacht from its shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Katharine has recently completed a top-to-bottom refit that includes a complete interior redesign, new tender and personal watercraft, and a bridge redesign that includes a comprehensive suite of new Furuno electronics that was planned and installed by McLaughlin Marine Electronics of Pompano Beach, Fla.

The new bridge includes the award-winning Furuno FMD3200 series ECDIS and FAR3000 series chart radar. Since the new Furuno equipment is compatible with Katharine's existing X7 Series radar, a simple software upgrade was all it took to allow for complete integration into the network. The new bridge is now completely integrated, with three levels of sensor backup and full equipment redundancy. Katharine now qualifies for paperless navigation, allowing for simpler and more accurate voyage planning as well as continuous monitoring of the vessel's position. While the majority of this impressive project is meant to create a sense of luxury and grandeur for its passengers, Furuno's behind-the-scenes contribution truly brought Katharine into the 21st century with the most current innovations available, offering its guests and crew safety at sea.

Katharine's Furuno network includes the GS100 satellite speed log, BR500 bridge navigational watch alarm system, GMDSS and FELCOM communications equipment, along with a selection of depth and weather sensors, as well as FI70, RD50 and RD33 information displays located at key points throughout the vessel.

M/Y Katharine the boasts a length of 207 feet, beam of 36 feet and an 11.5-foot draft. Its twin 2,000-hp Caterpillar engines deliver a cruising speed of 13.5 knots. 

Katharine's top-to-bottom, fore-to-aft update employed nearly 40 different contractors, with Furuno USA Inc. consulting on all of the bridge electronics. Furuno's products were installed and commissioned by McLaughlin Marine Electronics, a trusted elite dealer since 2006.

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By Professional Mariner Staff