Entretien avec le pêcheur sportif Guillaume Fourrier

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Pourquoi avoir choisi TZ Professional v3 by MaxSea ?

A vrai dire, il y a plus de 10 ans que je connais les avantages de MaxSea (version 7 à l’époque). J’étudiais mes dérives à la maison sur les cartes Raster précises. Je ne l’utilisais pas en mer et j’ai toujours rêvé de personnaliser mes cartes en fonction de ce que voit le sondeur grâce à la bathymétrie. Il y a 2 ans, j’ai voulu passer un cap et j’ai embarqué sur mon semi-rigide, une version moderne de MaxSea TIMEZERO couplée avec un combiné Garmin GPSMAP et une sonde CHIRP. J’ai alors capturé un bar de 8,6 kg homologué record du monde.

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Marine Electronics for fishing: a MaxSea Testimony

Longtime MaxSea user Dimitri Rogoff is a fisherman and the president of the Normandy Scallop Committee in France. Here, he talks about his experience with MaxSea marine electronics products onboard:

I have used MaxSea navigation software since 1993 and have witnessed the software evolution that has taken place since then.

MaxSea’s strength is that it has always listened to its customers and has used this feedback to develop their valuable tools for navigation and fishing.

Dimitri's boat "En passerelle le Sauvage"
Dimitri’s boat “En passerelle le Sauvage”

My boat’s marine electronics system

My boat “En Passerelle le Sauvage” (“Gateway to the Wild”) is equipped with:

I recently installed a dedicated PC with VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) and Iktus to transmit logbook data.

Marine electronics set up
The marine electronics system aboard

What I like about MaxSea TimeZero

Dimitri Rogoff onboard
Dimitri Rogoff onboard

MaxSea TimeZero is even more powerful than MaxSea’s older version software and its design is great for managing and categorising all the fishing data I have recorded over the last two decades.

Earlier this year I sold my boat, but I remain present in the industry. Now I use MaxSea TimeZero for on-land purposes. I use it to manage scallops and to create and define boundaries.

This works very effectively as each fisherman can leave port with the file containing these boundary areas and rules.

Then they simply connect their USB stick to their MaxSea TimeZero installation to access all the data that was decided on during a previous committe meeting – easy!


Thanks for sharing this information Dimitri!

Follow Dimitri’s adventures on his Twitter account here.


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Happy MaxSea Users: the M/S Laponia cruise ship

M/S Laponia Bridge 1The M/S Laponia is a Swedish boat built in aluminium in 1989 that has been cruising the brackish waters of the Norrbotten archipelago since 1991.

The cruise ship is currently using MaxSea TimeZero ECS, our best product for professional mariners.

Here’s what the skipper thinks of MaxSea:

“We are working with dinner cruises with entertainment and guided day-excursions in the beautiful archipelago of the Swedish Lapland. We use MaxSea in the daily navigation and are very pleased with the system”.

M/S Laponia Bridge 2

Boat name: M/S LAPONIA

Country: Sweden

City/Port: Norrbotten Archipelago/Lapland

Activity: Tourism

Skipper: Steve

Software: MaxSea TimeZero ECS

Great for: Advanced layers management (tracks, boundaries) and native compatibility (simple Ethernet connection) with the Furuno professional radar range.

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MaxSea Happy Users: Borealis Expedition 2011-2012

Experimental Trawler Marguerite 1 in LabradorCharacteristics
27th and 28th Arctic campaigns.

2011 – Janusz and Joëlle Kurbiel, Michel and Claude Joubert and Aimé Filliol.
2012 – Janusz and Joëlle Kurbiel, Maria Olech and Tomasz Kosinski (in the Northwest Passage).

Due to the fact that the upgrading works on Vagabond’elle were not completed in the spring of 2011, the expedition was conducted from Marguerite 1, the experimental motorsailer of Michel Joubert -the famous French naval architect- specifically designed for extreme sailing.

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Duration and Sailing Distances
2011 – 3.900 km from July 15 to August 27
2012 – 14.000 km from May 23 to October 26
In all, 17.900 km in over 6 months on 3 oceans : Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific.

Route of the 2011-2012 Expedition
2011 – from France to Portugal, the Azores, Newfoundland, Labrador.
2011-2012 – wintering of Marguerite 1 in Newfoundland, Canada.
2012 – from Newfoundland to Labrador, Greenland, The Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Alaska.
2012-2013 – wintering of Marguerite 1 in Alaska.

Route of the 2011-2012 Borealis Expedition

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Happy MaxSea Users: CJSC Strelets equips its fleet with MaxSea

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT demo to CJSC Strelets staff

CJSC Strelets (ex-Murmansk Trawl Fleet), an important fishing company in Russia*, is going to equip its entire fleet with MaxSea TimeZero PLOT in the next few weeks.

A demo presentation was held in the office of the Murmansk Trawl Fleet by one of MaxSea’s regional sales manager. The 8 captains from CJSC Strelets attended the meeting and were very impressed by the features offered by this version of MaxSea marine navigation software, specially developed for professional fishing.

They were particularly interested in the PBG module, the free weather forecast service and the radar integration. They expressed that the software was an “all-in-one” solution that perfectly suited their needs.

After the meeting, CJSC strelets decided to equip its 8 vessels with MaxSea TimeZero PLOT:

  • M-0269 “Strelets”
  • M-0009 “Vasiliy Lozovskiy”
  • M-0063 “Odoevsk”
  • M-0008 “Oleg Naydenov”
  • M-0003 “Alexander Mironenko”
  • M-0006 “Zahar Sorokin”, “Taurus”
  • M-0254 “Korund”
  • M-0010 “Kapitan Bogomolov”

For more information about MaxSea TimeZero PLOT for the EMEA region, please contact:

Ferhat Dahak

*CJSC strelets vessels produce dressed and whole round frozen fish of pelagic and bottom spices, frozen fillet, frozen fish by-products and high-quality conserves “Cod liver in Murmansk style”, produced directly  on board at sea in cod fishing areas. CJSC “Strelets” won several times the contest “The best 100  products of Russia” (Moscow). 

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First MaxSea Training Session successfully achieved

Flowers and Chocolates from our trainees!On February 14th and 15th, we inaugurated our Training Sessions with two MaxSea users attending our MaxSea software course in English. M. Patrick Blaney (Ireland) and M. Jacques P.A. Boehrer (Switzerland) spent 2 days with one of our very skilled technical mentors in our office in Barcelona, who answered in the most personalized way possible all their doubts and specific needs.

They got along so well with the MaxSea people that they even gave the girls a wonderful bouquet to each one on Valentine’s day and a box of delicious chocolates to everybody, it was totally unexpected but most welcomed!

Here is an excerpt of what they told us after they ended their MaxSea course:

Patrick Blaney and Jacques Boehrer Back home, let me express my sincere gratitude to you and all the staff for this very interesting and professionally organized training-course. I must admit that the results of this session are way ahead of my expectations.
Not only the product is excellent but you guys also do a great job. Thank you everybody, take care.
Best regards,
Jacques P.A. Boehrer (Capt. Jack)”

The 2 trainees with MaxSea staffersI am a long time MaxSea user who bought a new sailing boat with the latest Furuno electronic navigation instruments, plotter, radar, sounders, autopilot.
I had used the MaxSea TimeZero software (Explorer with Routing Module) but felt that I was only using 65% of its capabilities on my own, there are so many additional features that I felt I was not using properly. This course fixed all those deficiencies, got me to a level of understanding where I am now not afraid to play around and try out features, knowing I can quickly get back to basics if necessary.
I would recommend it to anyone serious about using MaxSea TimeZero as their primary electronic navigation tool on board.
I also met the MaxSea support team at their base, and both our instructor Benoit and my fellow student contributed to a good course and a fun time too.
Patrick Blaney“.

We’re thankful for these reviews, our next course (March 14th and 15th) will be held in French.  Go to our MaxSea Training Sessions page for more information on dates, rates and conditions.

MaxSea Training Sessions in Barcelona

Happy MaxSea Users: the AVCI BABA purse seiner

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Boat name: AVCI BABA

Country: Turkey

City/Port: Surmene/Trabzon/Black Sea

Activity: Seine Fishing

Skipper: Ahmet Avcı

Software: MaxSea TimeZero PLOT

Great for: Weather forecasts, more precisely plankton data and currents information

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Daily outings, cruising and tuna fishing with MaxSea: user testimonial

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 52.2 1999Yannick Chevalier is a versatile seafarer.  He uses his Sun Odyssey 40 DS yacht for several activities including daily outings, cruising and tuna fishing.  With MaxSea, he enjoys noting his vessel’s position, recording his routes, and carefully marking the location of his tuna fishing hot spots.

 “For me, it is essential to know instantaneously the precise location of the boat.

My home port is Cape Breton, in the South West of France. For tuna fishing, one generally needs to navigate a fairly long distance.  Before getting MaxSea, I spent a lot of my time at the chart table.  This time was taken away from being watchful of hazards or making the necessary on route adjustments.  I bought MaxSea in 2001, at the Paris Boat Show.  What I most appreciated was knowing the exact and instantaneous position of the boat, which is extremely important for accurate navigation and safety.  I am now more confident when I leave port.

I began using MaxSea on a daily basis.

I became familiar with the software very quickly.  Even for someone who is not very computer literate, I found MaxSea to be easy to learn and to use.  Its interface reproduces each tool and manual procedure used by every seafarer to perform marine navigation.  It works the way that I have always worked before I had a computer on board.

Because I often sail alone, MaxSea is really the second man on board.

I am used to preparing my routes at home with my computer.  Then, I load my files onto my on-board laptop which is linked to my auto-pilot.  It is very simple.  I have more time to safely perform other tasks while underway.  I also trust the nautical charts which are scanned from the official marine charts of the local national hydrographic services.  I constantly use the MaxSea tides module to anticipate my arrival time into ports instantaneously without the need to perform manual calculations, thus avoiding the risks of mistakes.

A lively memory…

When I go fishing, I record the points where I have good catches.  Over time I have collected  some reliable data consisting of dates and places where the tuna is likely to found.  It’s fun to relive my outings and journeys with my friends by using MaxSea’s automatic route recording and built-in navigation logbook.  Many of them have been convinced to get MaxSea.  I consider it to be the “thorough bred” of the marine navigation software.

Why use a marine navigation software to prepare a route, a journey, or a marine expedition?

Marine navigation software has become an indispensable tool in the world of offshore racing. It is critical for race directors to ensure the most accurate preparation and conduct of a competitive race.

Route in the Baltic Sea MOD70 European Tour 2012 by Gilles Chiorri
Above screen shot shows a route section of the Baltic Sea MOD70 Step # 1 MOD70 European Tour 2012.

The question of whether to install electronic chart software can arise for coastal navigation (cruises or racing) and for offshore trips, so it is very important to identify the merits of using this type of tool….

If a reminder was necessary, the sea is of course, a formidable environment. It requires accurate planning, both on land and at sea. This anticipation is needed in order to fully understand, prepare and carry out navigation with good seamanship.

The following factors affect each and every route navigated: the distance and time needed to cover it depending on the boat specs, the type of coastline and its dangers, weather and sea conditions, tidal currents, the ports or shelters along the route etc.

Nowadays, a navigation software installed on a laptop such as TimeZero developed by MaxSea, allows integration with, and quick and easy access to all of the above elements in just a few clicks of the mouse.

Whether you are at home in the preparation phase, or in live navigation mode, course preparation is made extremely comprehensive, and also allows a high level of interface customization.

The TimeZero software features a wide zoom level on charts, (which is identical to SHOM charts, and should therefore remain “familiar-looking”) which is the equivalent of having a wide portfolio of paper charts immediately accessible. Thus the tools zoom-in and zoom-out then allow you to have a good visual picture of the desired navigation area.

TimeZero allows you to overlay satellite photos on your chart, so that you can visualize specific places in advance, and plan a correct approach to the area!

Route in Denmark by Gilles ChiorriIn addition, the “divider” tool (bearing/distance) can be used to quickly segment the route, or measure distances and position themselves in relation to geographic points of interest. It is possible to simultaneously create a course outline using the “route” tool and to start live navigation. With just a few clicks along the way, you have your route, distance and direction (true or magnetic option) between each waypoint, as well as the cumulative distance. You can name each waypoint, and insert or move a waypoint at any time during navigation of the route.

Preparing a route becomes fun and you can always refer back to your navigation logbook. By making all the possible adjustments, a basic route gradually transforms into a detailed course, corresponding with your expectations such as your safety criteria in relation to distance from shore or a shoal, a place that you want to see up close etc.

All data created in the software can then be saved with the route name, and even assigned to a specific layer, which as its name suggests can be displayed or hidden according to your wishes. Once activated, this route can be exported to your GPS for rapid access to route information.

Once the software is integrated with onboard navigation hardware (GPS and other suitable instruments) TimeZero is transformed into an even more powerful navigation aid. Your boat is symbolized by an icon to scale that moves in real time on your screen, as simple as a video game.

Route in Marseille MOD70 European Tour 2012 by Gilles Chiorri
Above screen shot: Marseille and landing zone changes MOD70 in Marseille (source MOD70 European Tour 2012).

After importing the marine weather forecast file (commonly known as a “GRIB” file), you can launch the routing function to optimize your route by integrating the effects of weather conditions on your route. You can also calculate the ETA on the next waypoint or decide the fastest route to reach your end point. The routing function and comprehensive weather of TimeZero opens the door to anticipation, and accurate planning.

In conclusion, after many years at the chart table equipped with a Cras Ruler, a handheld compass and dividers, with an eye on the GPS, it now seems essential to have TimeZero onboard, whatever the intended sailing, inshore or offshore, whether racing or cruising!

Happy navigating to all of you this summer.

Gilles Chiorri

Race Director – Navigator

Gilles Chiorri - french sailorGilles Chiorri is a French sailor and Merchant Navy officer with an impressive background as a skipper.

He is the new race director and race manager of the MOD70 European Tour and other major ocean races.  He works also as OC Events Director and Yachts Consulting Executive Director.

Chiorri won the Mini Transat in 1987, the Jules Verne Trophy in 2002 (with Bruno Peyron) and finished second in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2002.

Gilles Chiorri is currently using MaxSea TimeZero marine software, nautical charts and modules as a sailor and race director.