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Raymarine A65 vs. Lowrance LCX series

Old 01-27-2007, 12:40 PM
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Default Raymarine A65 vs. Lowrance LCX series

Fellow mariners,

Any feedback on a Raymarine A65 and the Lowrance LCX 7" series. Chartplotter, sonar, clarity, ease of use, plug access (I need to take off unit after fishing), mounting, etc.....If you have either of these units please supply feedback, both positive and negative.
I'm looking to put in a CC, and am land-locked with NO dealer's around for hands on demo.

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Old 01-27-2007, 01:10 PM
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Very happy with my A65, have had it for about a year and after the updates everything works like a charm. Very easy to operate all the main functions, I bought the gold chart also but that was pretty much waste of money IMO not much of a difference compared to Silver.
Mine I also remove and install everytime and it is pretty easy and quick to do, I pulled all the cables thru the console in order they go in the back so everybody who comes to my boat can do it also, yes even the wife.
I wish they would have automatic night time and ship off-set modes; when you use the chart plotter with FF displays I would like to see more area covered forward, the off-set mode is in C and E series and RM said they would incorporate it in the future updates if people ask for it enough.
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I have the A-65 flush mounted in my dash. The detail on the sounder is incredible. I can read bottom clearly at speeds over 40mph. The sounder is digital and automatically adjusts to speed and depth and filters noise so the signal is crisp and clear. Its pretty easy to use but not as easy as Garmin. The chartplotter is navionics based and comes packaged with a silver series chart card. You'll have to buy a card reader and extra compac flash card for updates to the unit. Overall its a good chartplotter but it doesn't accept the new Platinmu cards and you can't get sirus weather on it. I'm used to the garmin compass screen when navigating and this unit doesn't have it. The trackplotter only will allow 1000 dots before it resets ( Big Pain in the butt) and the coating on the screen is very sensitive to scratches and sunscreen. Factory support is pretty good and they have a good interactive website. The system is capable of upgrades if Raymarine wants to supply you with them but I doub't they will. I think the features of Garmin and the easy of use is better than the raymarine. If I were to do it again I'd get a Raymarine Digital depth and a Garmin Chartplotter even though the package would be more expensive that way. I haven't used the Lowrance.
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Thanks for the info........

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