Tor is a photojournalist, based in Hawaii in the United States and with extensive experience covering all the major sailing magazines. In addition to his job as a photographer, he’s an avid sailor, who has completed some fantastic routes like the crossing from Portugal to Panama or the one from San Diego, California, to Hawaii.
In mid-2021, Tor heard about our software almost by chance through an electrician who recommended TIMEZERO’s Radar Display feature for his new Furuno radar. Impressed by this feature, Tor started using TZ iBoat app on his iPhone and iPad and TZ Navigator PC software to guide his expeditions.
After a couple of months of using the programs, we had the opportunity to talk with him about his experience. Here are a few of the questions we asked him:
You have been using TIMEZERO for over a month now. What are your first impressions of our marine navigation software compared to the other available programs?
Well, I first heard about TZ from an electrician friend who told me how TIMEZERO could work with my DRS4W Furuno Radar to display radar and charting data together. I started using the software for this feature.
Thanks to TIMEZERO’s partnership with FURUNO, the software offers exclusive, native compatibility with all the FURUNO commercial Radars and DRS antennas. The radar image can be overlaid directly on the chart (as seen in the image above) to have a better understanding of the data. Moreover, TIMEZERO offers the ability to take full control of the radar directly from a dedicated workspace in the software.
Why is TIMEZERO software so important for you?
I like the way the software has a lot of features, and can switch easily to display raster, ENC, radar, AIS, tides and weather, etc. I’ve got a lot to learn about the software and feel I’m just scratching the surface, but having more data in one place seems safer, when you have a lot going on like you sometimes do on a small boat.
Can you tell us about your most recent navigation with TIMEZERO or any anecdote you would like to share?
I recently delivered a nearly new Hanse 458 from San Diego to Hawaii (I know, lucky me!) There is a shoal south of the Channel Islands, about 100 miles offshore. It’s a real ship killer, called Cortes Bank, and it even became a big wave surf spot. On digital charts it’s nearly invisible unless you zoom right in on what looks like empty ocean. On the old school raster charts it shows up prominently as a hazard to navigation. I like to use those charts when zoomed out, because of this feature.
TIMEZERO PC software and iOS app offer worldwide coverage, available with raster charts and vector charts. Moreover, its cutting-edge design allows users to change from one type of chart to the other and add different layers of data according to their needs, all with just a couple of clicks.
Would you like to know more about Tor Johnson? check his website: www.tjhawaii.com and be impressed with their amazing audiovisual projects! We are very proud to have such an ambassador!
For more information about all the features TZ Navigator and TZ iBoat app offer, visit our website.