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Old 10-15-2006, 05:56 PM
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I have been looking to purchase a complete Raymarine package and I cant decide weather I would be better off with an E-80 or a C-120. I currently own a 23 CC and the C120 will fit but it will take up a lot of room, plus I do not need to network to another station at this time. I am planning on moving up to a bigger boat within 2 years and I could pu the
E 80 on the new boat.
What does the E series have over the C series other than network capability?
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platinum is better than the gold maps almost as good as c-map
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dhauz - 10/15/2006 5:56 PM

What does the E series have over the C series other than network capability?
Brighter screen, Sirius Weather Capability (with optional receiver), Video Input Capability, Platinum Cartography

Here's another option - 2 C80's. IMO 2 screens are better than 1. I prefer chart/radar on 1, FF on the other. You also have redundancy should 1 screen fail.

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2 C80's now that's something to ponder?
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Elusive - 10/15/2006 6:55 PM

dhauz - 10/15/2006 5:56 PM

What does the E series have over the C series other than network capability?
Brighter screen, Sirius Weather Capability (with optional receiver), Video Input Capability, Platinum Cartography

Here's another option - 2 C80's. IMO 2 screens are better than 1. I prefer chart/radar on 1, FF on the other. You also have redundancy should 1 screen fail.



great idea!!
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tommyr904 - 10/18/2006 7:48 PM

Elusive - 10/15/2006 6:55 PM

dhauz - 10/15/2006 5:56 PM

What does the E series have over the C series other than network capability?
Brighter screen, Sirius Weather Capability (with optional receiver), Video Input Capability, Platinum Cartography

Here's another option - 2 C80's. IMO 2 screens are better than 1. I prefer chart/radar on 1, FF on the other. You also have redundancy should 1 screen fail.



great idea!!
Jim Z's C80's....nice
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2 c80's if not worried about the extra features. They work great and are easy to use.
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Definitely happy with the setup. Sonar & chartplotter with Fish-N-Chip on the left and radar & chartplotter with gold chip on the right. As mentioned they aren't networked together but they do share NMEA info between the two, specifically depth reading.
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Jim Z notes an interesting benefit of the C-series over the E-series. By not having a networked master and slave, he is able to run two different chips in his chartplotters. The gold (or platinum) chip is ideal for navigation, but the Fish'nChip can't be beat for bottom contours. On the E-series you have to switch between the two chips, which is not a big deal for me (until I drop a chip into the drink) but an inconvenience nonetheless.
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Also worth noting is that the Raymarine 125 GPS antenna is connected via SeaTalk to both units. Regardless if one or both chartplotters are on they both receive signals individually from the antenna.
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Jim,
Do you do that by just splitting the signal from the antenna to the two units? If that's the case, do you power the antenna with independent 12V+ power instead of using the seatalk power leads from the c-series units?
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I connected the antenna to the R55006 aux. junction box (<$50). This is where the antenna gets it's 12V power. From there I jumpered to a D244 3-way junction box (<$25) along with the 2 C80s and an alpha numeric keypad. The keypad acts as a pass through with 2 Seatalk connections which is why I got away with only needing the 3-way junction box. For a non-networking system it actually interconnects pretty well.
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Sounds like you did it right. Good job.

I had that keypad on another boat with an E120 and E80 but found I never used it (I left it off the new boat and just clean everything up on my PC with the transfer utility). Do you like it?
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Clam_Alert......I run 2 E-80s all networked and I run the Platinum chip in one and the Fish, N Chips in the other? Never remove either so how would they wind up in the drink? E much brighter than the C. E screen seems to be a better material as well. I have heard many people say their C screen scratches easy. I believe the E series may even be glass? not sure though? The Platinum chip blows the Gold away with detail/ Info. The network feature is awesome. Ideally 3 screens would be best to see radar, sonar, and GPS in 3, 8 inch screens but space is usually limited. I configure my two screens differently depending on the conditions. It is nice to have full size GPS and full size Radar when running in the dark for example, and then when we start trolling, I go full screen Sonar and split screen radar and GPS.....Also if one screen fails (unlikely) I still have all three on the second screen. We all no this stuff fails.......that's why we have multiple vhfs, and GPSs to begin right? I would post a pic of my set-up but cant figure out how on this forum...... Click below to view my set up.....

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Link-up below for feature comparison.
For the "E":
Sirius weather--for me--has been very accurate, timely & localized info (No waiting for the NOAA "robot" with hours-old info)
HS networking--don't need a large boat to appreciate this--you will be able to easily install components (Plug & play as it should be)
Aerial overlay & photo view: There has been a few times going into new & convoluted harbor channels where this has given
an insight that was very helpful.
Screen brightness is really superior

For the "C"
$$$--Strictly as a comparison to the "E" (Still, a really nice system)

http://www.raymarine.com/raymarine/D...=1034&Parent=2

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