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Raymarine c80 and winter storage

Old 10-02-2006, 09:40 PM
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Anybody have any thoughts about whether I should remove my C80 for the winter. I am not worried about security, rather, I am concerned about the screen being left under a shrink wrapped cover, with the attendant moisture, and temperature issues. The unit is installed in a navpod, so removal could be a pain. Anyone know what Raymarine suggests? Thanks for your suggestions!
Old 10-02-2006, 09:43 PM
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Your owners manual will tell you temperature tolerances. If you don't have one, check their web site. I pull anything with LCD screens for the winter and store them indoors. (hint)
Old 10-03-2006, 07:34 AM
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If you can take it of relatively easily (Navpods are a pain, but not impossible), I'd take it out. With the temperature swings you will see between the daytime when your cockpit will be lke a greenhouse under the shrink wrap to what the temp will drop to in Boston in Jan-Feb at night, anything that can be taken off a boat from an electronics standpoint can't hurt. Even seperate of the temp swings if you get a week in Feb when the "high" temp is 10 degrees or less even during the day, the liquid in the LCD could freeze, expand, and then crack the LCD, which your warranty won't be covering.
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I used to pop mine out from the front. Take off the bezel first then run the mounting screws out and and unplug it. Done. I would not leave it in all winter.
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I do not winterize my boat as I live in Maryland. We do have near single digit wind chills. I have C80 and do not remove it. I fish the CBBT until the end of December. I fish the Virginia coast line in January and sometimes head down to Outer Banks in Feb. I have not had a problem. I do winterize the fresh water pump and fresh water tank and keep my Honda 225 vertical when storing. No problem with electronics to date. I have done the same with Lowrance in prior years with no problem.
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Removing the C and E series is simple. Pull the front bezel, remove four screws and pull it right out. All the connectors are unique so plugging it back in again is no trouble at all. I've done this with ours several times this season as I've added gear. That and it's hole in the helm make for the easiest way to get to the rest of the wiring.

I plan on pulling ours out for the winter. If only to avoid it 'taking a walk' while it's on the hard all winter. Do you "have to", no. Should you, can't hurt.

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