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Furuno GP-33 GPS, hand's on

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Aug 30, 2010
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At the risk of sounding mean, what excites me most about Furuno's new GP-33 GPS sensor and display is what it means regarding the coming RD-33 data display we discussed a while back.  That 4.3-inch 480x272 pixel LED-backlit screen -- seen above in bright sunlight on Gizmo's flying bridge -- is pleasingly crisp and bright.  And note how legible and even handsome the screen designs are, and how Furuno has dropped some of the numerical over-precision that has drawn criticism from users of NavNet 3D MFDs and FI50 instruments. You get all that screen goodness -- 50% more area than a Garmin GMI 10, Furuno claims -- for a maximum of 7 LENS (350 milliamps) of 12v power off a NMEA 2000 backbone...

The GP-33 can also be powered independently, with 24v even, and there's an optional cable for NMEA 0183 and/or RS232 connections.  In other words, it can be a standalone GPS, or part of a network.  Used in the latter mode, I was hoping that activating a go-to waypoint on the NN3D MFD12, or another MFD, would bring up the same waypoint on the GP-33, so I could easily use its nice steering, rolling road, COG compass, and plotting screens.  But that feature, while planned for a future software upgrade, is not yet enabled.
   At any rate, the GP-33 also seems quite quick and does come now with lots of GPS features, like an enormous track and waypoint capacity and the ability to convert LORAN TDs, even with offsets calculated in, if you saved them.  It can also accept and plot an external MOB alert, or activate an external alarm based on several criteria like waypoint arrival or anchor dragging.  And a user gets to customize two of the seven screens, though only GPS-related data fields are available.  Any navigator who likes to have a separate GPS -- and I see them often, especially on fishing boats -- may be tickled by the GP-33, which seems reasonable at $595 MSRP.  As noted, though, I'm keen to see how Furuno uses this fine screen for NMEA 2000 data display, purportedly with some neat graphics and 0183 bridging built in.

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Comments

Incidentally, I understand that uploading routes and waypoints from MaxSea to the GP-33 is easy, and I suspect it's possible with Coastal Explorer, which already supported the GP-32:

http://coastalexplorer.net/support/hardware/GPS/furuno_gp32?qx=164gh5e.1

But do other progams support Furuno route and waypoint data formats?

Posted by: Ben at August 30, 2010 8:23 AM | Reply

Ben:
Have you heard any ETA on when the RD33 will be available in the US?

Regards,
"ARISATX"

Posted by: Ted Arisaka at August 30, 2010 8:28 PM | Reply

I wonder if the Furuno, GP-33's great display will automatically dim at night unlike the Garmin, GMI-10. There is nothing more annoying than to find every display has to be manually adjusted when nighttime comes.

Posted by: Richard C at September 6, 2010 8:27 AM | Reply

I don't think it has auto dimming, Richard, but it is pretty easy to change screen and keypad brightness with the Brill button and cursor keys. There are seven levels of brilliance.

Posted by: Ben at September 6, 2010 12:00 PM | Reply

hi Ben. Just like to know how you upload waypoints to the GP33. I have been trying for days with GPSU and OpenCPN but no luck.
I have the RS232 cab;e in place, see nmea coming in but can't seem to get the waypoints over.
Could you give me some advice, regarding furuno format f.i.? Thanks, Len.

Posted by: Len in reply to Ben at December 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Reply

Has anyone had any luck uploading waypoints and routes to a GP33 from any charting software ? I have connected my GP33 via the RS232 plug as per the instructions in the manual and then tried to upload IAW Ch7.7 of the manual. The manual says it is possible but nothing seems to happen.

I can see the GPS providing data to the laptop but nothing seems to travel the other way.

I have been using Coastal Explorer

Apparently the format for the GP33 is different than for the GP32.

Thanks,

Max

Posted by: Max at February 13, 2013 6:03 PM | Reply

Baud rate! (transfer of points at 38400)

Posted by: Anonymous in reply to Max at February 14, 2013 1:51 PM | Reply

I just got a new GP33 and try to connect to my AIS Nasa receiver. The manual says that I should connect the blue cable from the AIS to the NMEA 0183 output from the GPS. Sice I just substitute my GP 31 by the GP33, I used the same white cable as connected before but the AIS persists saying that the GPS is missing! If someone has some idea I would appreciate. Thanks a lot, Flavio,

Posted by: Access at March 16, 2014 9:11 PM | Reply

Flavio, I think the GP33 will show you a NMEA 0183 wiring diagram if you look under "I/O Setup" but I also don't think it comes standard with an 0183 cable. The manual and much more info are here at the Furuno site: http://goo.gl/i4gbjO

Posted by: Ben in reply to Access at March 17, 2014 7:40 AM | Reply

Hi Ben, thanks by the advices. I had to buy a new cable to use the NMEA 0183. It working already. Next I will try to include the laptop and OPEN CPN.
All the best,
Flávio.

Posted by: flavio at March 22, 2014 8:32 PM | Reply

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