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Raymarine E Series radar quirks

Old 09-27-2006, 09:30 PM
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Just installed E120 / E80 system w/ 48" Open Array. Plug & Play as it was meant to be & great features & performance but.........bothersome radar issue. When in "Go-to waypoint" mode the radar display shows a rather large boxed "X" with a white filler as a symbol for the "Go-to" waypoint. (My replaced Raymarine R41XX unit displayed an almost transparent "lollipop" as a symbol.) Problem is that the boxed "X" hides any potential target at the very location to which my boat is headed. Also, unlike my old R41XX unit, the SHM graphic cannot be temporarily disabled. This will hide, I've found, a faint target--buoy, small row boat, etc., in my boat's path. The "Go-to" symbol graphic is fine & easily seen--as it should be in the chart page, but I feel it is a flaw--as is the SHM graphic--in the radar page since nothing should interfere with the basic radar utility which is anti-collision target id.
(The waypoint symbols can be changed & varied but not the Nav "Go-to" symbol.)
Anyway, my rant. Hopefully the Raymarine tech wizards will come up with a software fix.
Old 09-28-2006, 02:40 PM
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Something is setup wrong......I run 2 E-80s and when in "GO TO" mode all I get is a small 1/4" icon on the radar screen of the waypoint. (the icon can be changed to about 25 or so of your choice)

I have read a lot of Raymarine bashing here but I am 110% completely satisfied with my set-up.....

2 E-80 displays
48 mile radar dome
digital sounder
8001 autopilot
even a Raymarine VHF

Everything works and looks great together.............To each his own.........
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You should be able to disable the Cursor Data Box. Alternatively, you may be able to move it's location to a better spot on the screen

Old 09-28-2006, 11:51 PM
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Default Re: Raymarine E Series radar quirks

I would start with the radar presentation options (possibly turning off that option or layer?) and if it's not there then dig into the main menu setup. It's definitely a setup issue not software or product issue. I have twin Raymarine C80s and thoroughly enjoy them - chartplotter, sonar and radar.
Old 10-01-2006, 01:00 PM
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No bashing here, just constructive criticism. As I said in my post great performance & features. (Sirius weather info is especially amazing.) It's all installed correctly (plug & play as it was meant to be) & I'm thoroughly familiar with its operation.

I called it a "quirk" not a glitch.

The waypoint symbols can be changed but not the "go-to" symbol. They are not the same & should not be confused & 1/4" covers a lot of real-estate on a 12" display.

The "go-to" as shown on the chart page is great, as it is easily seen. But on the radar page it will cover any target at the very spot to which my boat is headed. It cannot be changed or even temporarily disabled. (Not to be confused with the "hide cursor" option.)

The unit I replaced, Raymarine R41XX, had an almost transparent "lollipop" symbol which showed the waypoint location but without hiding a target.

The MARPA & AIS features amongst many others on the E are super but the main reason to have radar is collision avoidance & this should not be diminshed. Where we boat--Northeast--Coastal New England--with rocky inlets &, many times, poor visibility this is a real concern. (Canapisit Channel going into Cuttyhunk Is. in zero v with a 1/4" blot on your display is no fun.)

When with poor visibililty & trying conditions we work around this by switching-over to our back-up plotter, Northstar 951DXL, when we are closing on our waypoint. This allows us to have the boat on nav track but clearing the radar so we can "see" what's ahead in close quarters. (This is easily done since all the machines, plotters & loran, are always "on" & carry the same waypoints so that a simple switch-over ties in the pilot.

I could also de-network using the E120 as the main plotter & the E80 as stand-alone radar & buy another chart card & alternate between these when necessary.

Still, should'nt have to do this with a system as costly & sophisticated as this, IMHO.

Raymarine has great tech support via email & they have acknowledged this & the tech I've been communicating with indicated he would present this to the software group to study. Hopefully they will issue a software tweak. (Downloading with CF cards--another great feature.)


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Raymarine emailed me on my original post. They said clean the screen with Novis #2 and polish with Novis #1. Novis is a plastic cleaner which comes also as a #3 for heavy scratches but only use #2 and #1. Another tip about Novis, if your car headlights have a cloudy plastic look, clean it with Novis #3 than #2 and polish with #1. You can buy this at any place that sells acrylic (Plexiglas, Lucite) or I've seen it at the Container store.
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My C series does exactly the same thing and it drives me nuts.

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