Gear: Furuno’s FM4800 fixed-mount VHF

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A ‘Multi-Tool’ VHF

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Furuno’s FM4800 fixed-mount VHF has built-in Class D DSC, a GPS Receiver, AIS receiver and an integrated loudhailer with intercom and eight patterns of alert sounds, including a fog horn and warning signal. The unit is waterproof to an IP68 standard, which means it can withstand full immersion for over 30 minutes. In addition to enabling its DSC functionality, the FM4800’s GPS can also be used as a backup positioning source for your boat’s other onboard electronics. Similarly, the FM4800’s built-in AIS Receiver can be used to overlay AIS targets with networked GPS Plotters or MFD’s. In operation, users can initiate DSC calling by simply tapping a connected TZtouch2 MFD display AIS/DSC target and selecting “DSC Call.” The system’s MOB can also be activated via a TZtouch2 multifunction display. $695. Furuno USA, furunousa.com

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