Furuno NX-500 Navtex

Navtex is an invaluable resource for weather and ice information. When our old Furuno combined weather fax and navtex receiver died, we balked at paying the high price (over a thousand dollars) of a new Furuno navtex and so bought another brand.

So started a long story of not being able to receive navtex transmissions in places where we should be able to. After many hours of frustration and labour trying out various antenna and receiver combinations, the American dealer had to agree that the machine we had purchased was not living up to its specifications. So we ended up spending the money anyway and purchased the Furuno. We haven’t been sorry for a single minute. While other cruisers anchored next to us are not receiving anything on their navtex receivers (the same brand we purchased initially), we receive vital weather reports loud and clear.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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