|Mysterious AP Nav Error|
(Edited here 2-25-16.) After testing several more times, it appears the issue is one of sequencing -- e.g., if the ship's computer was turned on prior to everything else (Furuno Navnets, Simrad AP, etc.) then apparently the various inputs (COM ports) were not being recognized or initialized.
|An RD-30 "4-Up" Display|
The second was trying to understand what data was available to the (admittedly ancient) Furuno's RD-30 digital display & how to configure / display that properly. Reading Furuno (old NavNet 2 era) manuals is like practicing bleeding -- it's fairly painful & they are definitely not the drop-dead simple stuff you get with Garmin equipment. That said, these old Furuno units are nearly bullet-proof commercial grade devices, and once you figure them out, they just work.
|Another RD-30 Example|
Sometimes even these minor victories feel majorly good.