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 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. 🙂
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.