New Raymarine Forum

Just a short heads-up – Raymarine has announced they are moving from their old forum to a new forum platform.

New support forum from Raymarine
Raymarine’s new support forum

So from now on all pre-sales, installation, operation and troubleshooting support will be at the new forum.

The old forum closed on Feb 16th.

 

Lets hope the new forum will not have the Admins delete posts they do not like – like they did on the old forum (I had several posts deleted for asking “tough” questions)

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New Raymarine Sonar Boxes – CP570 – CP470 – CP370

Raymarine has announced their new Raymarine CP570, Raymarine CP470 and Raymarine CP370 sonar boxes.  The new sonar boxes will be available during March 2015.

The Raymarine CP570 is a new pro Chirp Sonar.  It features intelligent CHIRP signal processing which allows the CP570 to see through dense schools of bait-fish, target game fish with exceptional clarity and show thermoclines.  The sonar has better (smarter) automatic sensitivity controls with “intelligent” noise filtering. The filtering reduce water column noise and enhances target separation.  It has two fully independent sonar channels that deliver faster target identification and up to 4 kW of combined output power. Retail price is set around $1,999.

The Raymarine CP470 Chirp sonar has the same signal processing benefits  of the CP570 – and is value priced @ $1,199 and has 2 kW of total output power.

Raymarine CP370 is the latest “Digital” Sounder from Raymarine. It features some of the same automatic signal processing as the CP470 and CP570 and has up to 1,000 watt of output power.  Retail price is around $699

Raymarine Lighthouse II v10.34 software update available for download

Raymarine has published the latest Lighthouse II software version – version 10.34 today May 13th 2014. The software works on all current Raymarine a/c/e and gS series displays.

Raymarine Lighthouse II v10.34 software update:

  • Support for multiple active sonar modules on the network
  • Ability to display multiple sonar channels simultaneously
  • Ability to create custom sonar channel profiles
  • New horizontal split screen fishfinder page
  • Corrected TVG control on CP450c
  • Added support for Navionics Sonar Log depth recordings
  • Added support for Navionics Plotter Sync (Requires appropriate Navionics mobile apps)
  • Lighthouse Charts Updates
  • Digital Switching Alarms
  • Update to SIRUISXM Marine Zone Boundaries
  • New Home Screen icons for Fishfinder app instances
  • New Fishfinder Simulator modes
  • AIS Dangerous Target Simulator Improvement – In Simulator mode it is defaulted to off.
  • Additional Languages – Czech and Slovenian
  • Various fixes and improvements

I don’t quite get the “Added support for Navionics Plotter Sync” – as that was supposed to be a feature that has been working for many versions. But maybe it has been updated. It was not very stable when I had my c97 – so I do hope this version is rock solid. 🙂

To download – Click here

Raymarine settle DownScan patent dispute with Navico

Well that did not take long – Raymarine has entered into a license agreement with Navico for DownScan sonar technologies. The terms of the patent license and resolution are confidential says Raymarine.

So court case out – and Raymarine is now officially licensed to use the DownScan technology from Navico. (Navico is the owner of Simrad, B&G and Lowrance)

So what about Garmin then. 🙂 DownVu could be next?

 

New Raymarine LightHouse v9.40 software update

Raymarine has once again updated their LightHouse software to Version 9.4

Here is a list of the updates

  • Raymarine Lighthouse Chart Support
  • Redesigned User Interface
  • Chart Data selection
  • Navionics Sonar Chart support
  • Navionics Freshest Data reminder
  • Multitouch support for a Series multifunction displays
  • Reorganization and Renaming of Menu items and structure
  • Autohide Databar
  • Increase of Waypoints (3000 Total, 100 Groups), Routes (150 containing 200 WTPs), Tracks (15 Tracks – 10000 points)
  • GPX file formation support
  • Waypoint Symbols
  • Symbol Search
  • Waypoint area search
  • Multiple Sonar selection
  • Distance unit setup (ability to set upper and lower denominations separately)
  • Expanded ETA & TTG data items
  • Expanded support of PGN 127489 (Engine alarms)
  • Added DSC support over SeaTalkNG/NMEA2000
  • Support for 8 displays (originally was 6)
  • Sonar app – In absence of speed transducer system defaults to ‘NONE’ rather than default previously
  • Various fixes and improvements
  • User manual updated

The updates are available to download from here and is suitable for everyone who owns any of the Raymarine aSeries, cSeries, eSeries and gS Series

New Raymarine a series with Chirp DownVision launched

It is raining new Raymarine products today… 🙂 The new Raymarine a series displays are launching today. Some are available with Chirp DownVision – others with ClearPulse sonar The models are:

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New Raymarine CP300 ClearPulse network sonar module

Raymarine announced the new Raymarine CP300 ClearPulse network sonar module today. The CP300 should give more power (up to 1000 watt) in 200- and 50-kHz  frequencies for in- or off-shore use.

The CP300 should be a step up from the built in sonars in products like Raymarine a/c/e series built in ClearPluse sonars.

The CP300 is compatible with Raymarine E-Series Widescreen, C-Series Widescreen, E-Series Classic and G-Series systems.  Plus of course it works with the current generation a/c/e and gS series displays.

Availability and Price – August 2013 – for US$ 700

For the press release – click here

New Raymarine CP100 Chirp DownVision Sonar for your network

Raymarine has lauched the “network box” version of the Raymarine Dragonfly – the Raymarine CP100 network sonar module with CHIRP Downvision. The CP100 black box sonar brings the same photo-like underwater pictures as the Raymarine Dragonfly to Raymarines latest generation displays like the HybridTouch e Series and the glass bridge gS series.

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Raymarine gS95, gS125 and gS165 Glass Bridge displays released

Raymarine expands the offering with the new Raymarine gS series Glass Cockpit. It is not a black box kit like the Garmin GPSMAP 8500 – but individual screens in low profile – and looks very sleek.

The series has a 9″, 12″ and a 16″ model. In short you can say they are like the E series – but has not got neither built in keypad, card slot or sonar. All the controls you have – is a single power button. But they are supplied with a wireless version of the C/E series keypad so you can control all displays from one remote.

Raymarine Remote Control for gS series

But they look great! A lot better than the C/E series. I hope LightHouse “bugs” will be ironed out – and then you have a great looking glass bridge display for any yacht. But there are a LOT of bugs in LightHouse.

Raymarine gS Series Glass Bridge Display

They  use the LightHouse interface as mentioned, supports IP cameras and but has multiple Ethernet interfaces – this time with Power Over Ethernet (POE).  There is also DVI output for external screens and BNC Video inputs.

And finally they are “polarised sunglasses” friendly.

It looks like it is going to be an interesting year for marine electronics. But congratulations to Raymarine for what I think is so far the best looking displays out there.