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VIDEO: Largest high-speed ferry in the U.S. showcases Furuno electronics

Seastreak's Courageous is the largest and fastest high-speed passenger catamaran operating in the U.S.

Posted on May 5, 2022

Delivered in December, Seastreak Courageous, the largest capacity high-speed ferry in the U.S., is guided by quality Furuno marine electronics. Built by the Midship Marine shipyard in Harvey, La, the 720-passenger vessel boasts many upgrades from earlier designs in the Seastreak fleet including a comprehensive suite of Furuno electronics, installed by Michael Matta and his team at GMT/Mackay.

BMT/Mackay team with Furuno equipped bridge
GMT/Mackay service manager Tamer Marcos, field supervisor Rizk Kands, and
general manager Michael Matta on the bridge of Seastreak Courageous

Three 19 inch Furuno MU190 monitors display a variety of other navigation data. GPS position is supplied by the accurate and reliable Furuno GP170 GPS navigator, and the high-accuracy SC70 satellite compass provides backup position and heading.

Twin FAR2228 radars spin atop the 141 foot vessel, connected to dual 27 inch MU270W monitors at the helm. Everything about Furuno’s award-winning FAR22x8 series is designed to make the operation and service of the electronics more manageable than ever. The intuitive and powerful new interface makes operation a breeze. Features such as ACE (automatic clutter elimination) and FTT (fast target tracking) provide the ultimate in situational awareness for the crew. The aerodynamic design of the radar’s gearbox and antenna reduces drag, increasing reliability, and Furuno’s new transmitter design makes servicing the radar easier than ever.

The Furuno FA170 class “A” AIS transponder reveals other AIS-equipped vessels, AIS-SARTs (search and rescue transponder), coastal stations, and other aids to navigation, enhancing the collision avoidance capabilities of the Courageous. The 8.4 inch FE800 navigation echo sounder ensures the crew is always aware of the depth, helping to optimize the safety of her passengers and crew. Also installed are multiple 8.4” RD50 remote displays, four on the bridge and two in the wings, showing 3-axis speed, heading, and depth. Multiple FM4800 VHF radiotelephones also adorn the bridge and both wings.

“It is a showcase vessel if there ever was one,” said Bill Haynes, Deep Sea Product Manager for Furuno USA. “GMT/Mackay and Midship Marine really knocked this one out of the park for Seastreak. We could not be happier to be the electronics provider for Courageous. Everything about her is immaculate in every sense of the word. Seastreak has raised the bar for passenger vessels around the country.”



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