Winners, Hands Down

Three new products for entertainment and vessel control. "New Electronics" from our February 2012 issue.

January 23, 2012

Intellian Satellite

Diminishing Domes
A small profile on your antenna arch is a good thing, according to Intellian Technologies, and, with that in mind, this maker of marine satellite antennas has rolled out a new VSAT satellite communications dish and two new stabilized satellite television dishes inside 33-inch domes. Intellian’s redesigned antenna reflector gives the v80G (starting at $36,900) VSAT broadband performance normally not possible in domes narrower than 39 inches. The matching Intellian t80 satellite TV antenna ($16,700) can feed multiple HD receivers simultaneously and locks onto satellites as rapidly as possible, thanks to the integrated GPS and Intellian’s patented Wide Range Search algorithm. The t80W TV antenna ($19,700) adds a patented low-noise block (LNB) that automatically switches frequency, depending on which part of the world you are voyaging, with no manual reset necessary. Intellian, 949-727-4498;


Crisis Management**
The “safe helm” feature of Furuno’s new NavPilot 700 ($3,795 to $4,095) returns steering control to the skipper when turning the wheel to dodge an obstacle. Power assist makes emergency maneuvering easier. Shifting from precision to economy modes can shave up to 2.5 percent from a vessel’s fuel consumption. The FishHunter options let you execute five patterns around a waypoint: a square, zigzag, orbit, spiral or figure eight. The optional FPS8 power steering module and software are required to activate the safe helm. Furuno, 360-834-9300;


Remotely Beautiful
Fusion 700 apps and a Wi-Fi router let you control the music in multiple zones from iPhone, iPad or Android devices. An NMEA 2000 communications backbone allows MFDs and remote displays to act as repeaters to control audio, using Fusion Link. The MS-IP700 for iPod ($450) and MS-AV700 DVD/CD model ($600) are Sirius-ready and incorporate an AM/FM and VHF tuner. The auxiliary input and customizable screen let you enjoy TV, DVD, game or portable media devices. Via a USB port, you may play MP3 files stored on a flash drive. Fusion, 623-580-9000;


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