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Old 12-10-2002, 02:38 PM
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I have a shot at picking up a Raymarine RL70crc with the software upgrade for overlay for a good price. Any experience out there with these units?? Many thanks, Scott
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Old 12-10-2002, 03:09 PM
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Here's about all I can tell you. Raytheon radars, no matter which model you are looking at, have excellent performance, are typically easier to use than their counterparts and are almost impossible to beat on a feature for feature comparison. The down side is that they tend to be a bit less reliable than some others.

I say that as a fellow who has a Raythone radar and is more than happy with it. I've never had any problems at all and it works very well. Still, if you go around and ask you'll find more failures with Raythone stuff but you'll also find at least as many satisfied customers as Furuno, the only other one you should be considering.

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Old 12-10-2002, 04:34 PM
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That sounds like enough push for me. I give in. Picking it up tomorrow.
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Old 12-10-2002, 04:49 PM
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You'll be real happy with it, I'm sure of that. Its not like they have a real reliability problem, its just a bit off the norm.

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Old 12-10-2002, 05:07 PM
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Thanks Thom. By the way, I have learned alot reading your posts. Saved a few for future project "how to do" files. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

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Old 12-10-2002, 10:47 PM
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Doesn't look like it's really needed, but thought I'd add my experience with my radar. It is awesome. Learn to use all the filters, and you can tune the thing to give you good awareness of your surroundings in any conditions. The rain and sea state filtering is excellent. On the other hand, with the filters turned off and range set to 1/4 or 1/8 mile, I can see canoes, small markers, individual birds, whatever. For situations where you want some range, but still need to see small targets, the "Target Expansion" mode comes to the rescue. Congrats on your purchase.
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Old 12-11-2002, 05:02 AM
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Thanks for all the input folks. I am chomping at the bit to get started. The last piece of info. I am looking for is if it is going to be possible to pull heading info. off my Simrad AP14 compass.
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Old 12-11-2002, 05:25 AM
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Don't know about Simrad...why not pull it off the GPS? This is what I do with my Raytheon RL 70; which has been flawless. You can then enter waypoints, etc.,etc. Much more versital than just a compass heading. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Old 12-11-2002, 05:29 AM
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snookwheeler,
In order to get max performance out of the unit you will need a fast update compass. I can't remember the Raymarine part no. Cost between $300 and $400. I found one last Spring for about $280. That will allow you to actually overlay the map with the radar otherwise it's a split screen. That is one of the advantages of the RL70. I haven't had time or need to use that function since I installed the unit. Thom may be able to address the relative value of the overlay function.
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Old 12-12-2002, 05:34 PM
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Since we are talking about Radar....I thought I would throw this one out there....

Since I am now completely broke buying stuff for the new boat.....

I have been thinking of radar as another "safety" device on the boat.

I have bought all my electronics new....BUT, like stated earlier, I am now broke and have another "want"

The question:

Would you feel comfortable purchasing a radar unit from ebay...new or used... to keep the cost down...OR...is it better to wait and get a new one???

Thanks!

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Old 12-12-2002, 06:13 PM
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Fishndude, I was thinking the same thing.... THEN I found the West Marine clearance center on 34th st. in St. Pete. Not too far from you.

Picked up a Raymarine Rl70crc and 2K dome at a very good price. (2K for both). Of course you still have to buy the GPS ant.

Talk to Detlef. He really seemed to know his stuff.

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Old 12-12-2002, 07:24 PM
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Your referring to it as a "crc" meaning it has color screen??? For $2000 with radome?? If thats true I will be on the road tomorrow to pick mine up.
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Old 12-12-2002, 07:54 PM
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It's true! I have everything mounted now except the radome. Great display. They don't have the cmap chips or GPS ant. in the clearance center so those are still pricey. Signed up for a West marine credit card and got 10% off the GPS ant and cmap chip. Gotta find a reasonable radome mount bracket now.
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Old 12-12-2002, 07:56 PM
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D-hlaw, call them first. took them a day to put it together for me.
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Old 12-12-2002, 08:09 PM
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Snook,
I have RL70C and L760 since mid Oct. and even with no experience have been able to navigate in the dark. The basic operations are very user friendly and seem quite accurate. Each time I go out I learn to do something new. As for the chart/radar overlay feature, I had to add a MALPA Active Heading Sensor to get this feature. Very easy to read but I'm not sure about benefits. It definately shows you that the charts on the display can be inaccurate. I am somewhat disappointed with the Fish finder but I think the problem is the transom mount transducer. I'm going to try the low profile, thru hull next season and see if that improves performance- or maybe I need to put more time into learning how to use it properly.
Good luck- and let's hope the above average repair rate doesn't bite us.
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Old 12-13-2002, 03:04 AM
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Where on 34th street?
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Old 12-13-2002, 03:37 AM
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2000 34th St. N US19. Next to a Picadilly Cafe. Lots of stuff.
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