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Old 02-28-2013, 11:02 AM
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I see a lot of information on Lowrance/Simrad and Garmin but nothing very recently on the Raymarine e127. My local marine electronics dealer sells all of the brands and he thinks the e127 is the right choice.

The boat will be a cobia 217 and should arrive next week. I will use the boat for the bay and up to about 20 miles offshore on very calm days. I am planning on a a raymarine 18 radar as well.

Any thoughts or opinions on this choice would be appreciated.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:14 AM
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I went with the e-series, CHIRP, etc. and am very happy with the performance and usabilty. My next choice (and what I almost went with) was Simrad. Also nice stuff. Price was marginally better with the Ray and the CHIRP box was quite a bit smaller, both impacting my decision. Also a former user of the C120 on my old boat and had nothing but good experience with it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by rdholi View Post
I see a lot of information on Lowrance/Simrad and Garmin but nothing very recently on the Raymarine e127. My local marine electronics dealer sells all of the brands and he thinks the e127 is the right choice.

The boat will be a cobia 217 and should arrive next week. I will use the boat for the bay and up to about 20 miles offshore on very calm days. I am planning on a a raymarine 18 radar as well.

Any thoughts or opinions on this choice would be appreciated.
Cobia installs Raymarine at the factory. Raymarine must cut manufacturers a deal directly as there are a few manufacturers that install Raymarine. I don't have much experience with Raymarine, so can't comment much on your choice other than to help give insight on why they might recommend Raymarine. I believe they also install an in hull P79 transducer at the factory unless you send them your own transducer. I went with Simrad and had Cobia install an M265 for me.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
I went with the e-series, CHIRP, etc. and am very happy with the performance and usabilty. My next choice (and what I almost went with) was Simrad. Also nice stuff. Price was marginally better with the Ray and the CHIRP box was quite a bit smaller, both impacting my decision. Also a former user of the C120 on my old boat and had nothing but good experience with it.
There is a reason for the size difference. If you check Garmin and Simrad have very similar size and capability CHIRP black boxes. The Raymarine is much smaller because it has much less power capability. They rate it at "1kW" where the Simrad and Garmin are rated at "3kW". The additional capability will be seen as increased depth capability with higher end transducers.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:42 AM
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The e127 will be a great choice for the Cobia. I would look at the B-60 as a transducer, it will work very well for your inshore needs. You have two choices in radar, Digital or Hd Digital. The HD will give you a 256 color radar that works awesome for such a small Raydome. Good luck with your new boat.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by rdholi View Post
I see a lot of information on Lowrance/Simrad and Garmin but nothing very recently on the Raymarine e127. My local marine electronics dealer sells all of the brands and he thinks the e127 is the right choice.

The boat will be a cobia 217 and should arrive next week. I will use the boat for the bay and up to about 20 miles offshore on very calm days. I am planning on a a raymarine 18 radar as well.

Any thoughts or opinions on this choice would be appreciated.
Another word of advice, play before you pay. Find a store that sells the brands you are interested in and give them a test drive. Stinks to spend so much on a boat, and all the electronics then hate the user interface!
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:03 PM
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Just to clarify, the factory is not installing the electronics. I am having it done locally after delivery. The recommended transducer is a 600 thru hull that is fairly flush. I keep the boat on a lift so I did not want a fairing block. The Lowrance was a little less expensive for the total package so price is not really a factor. I was just curious since most of the post are about Lowrance and Garmin.

I had a Garmin 3210 and Furuno on my previous boat and everything worked fine.
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Just to clarify, the factory is not installing the electronics. I am having it done locally after delivery. The recommended transducer is a 600 thru hull that is fairly flush. I keep the boat on a lift so I did not want a fairing block. The Lowrance was a little less expensive for the total package so price is not really a factor. I was just curious since most of the post are about Lowrance and Garmin.

I had a Garmin 3210 and Furuno on my previous boat and everything worked fine.
If you go Raymarine you should get the factory price. I think the factory option is quite reasonable and the work is top notch.
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