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Old 01-04-2014, 08:24 AM
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Default Reviews of new Raymarine E125/127

I posted a thread about a Garmin 2010 replacement which didn't get much attention, so here is another angle. I really like the new Raymarine E125/127 with the Lighthouse II interface. What are real world user experiences with these units? Are the reliable? Are they as easy to use as they seem? Regrets? Can't really find much on here about the new units, so maybe that is a sign of everything being ok. People seem to only post problems
Old 01-04-2014, 09:43 AM
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I have had two e125s for a month now and really like them. Big improvement over the e120s. Very quick redraw and I love the touchscreen option
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First off----Just don't get the non-touchscreens.

I have a feeling that LH II will really help a lot of people use and setup their Raymarine plotter. It is dramatically easier. I have been using the beta version now for a couple of weeks and it will be a hit.

Raymarine is really listening to the users.

I did a dual setup on a charter and his ONLY regret was not going touchscreen. Menus are much faster for the 100's of waypoint scrolling. He has 900. Turning the dial is evil. Dragging an implied bar up and down controlling the waypoint list is smooth as silk.
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Well, I just spent 3 hours at the local shop here, he is a premier Raymarine dealer, and I am beyond impressed with these units. I'd say the comparison is like the difference between a dial phone and an iPhone. Both make the call, but this new Raymarine sure seems to be way beyond anything else I've played with. I hope I'm not disappointed, but I'm 99% sure the E125 will be my next chart plotter, followed by the HD radar shortly thereafter. Fishfinder, I'll probably stick with my Furuno 582l one more season, since I just put in a B260 transducer last year. I really think they are the leaders right now, at least in user interface and networked systems. It is just so simple.
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Yup- they are every bit as good as you imagine!

We have the e125 on the flybridge, and the e127 at the helm station, networked together with HD radar, Evolution autopilot and base sounder. We have a 3rd nav station in the cockpit, and use an iPad at that station as a repeater/control unit.

I am wholly satisfied.
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Say, is it possible that the B260 they put in last year is the type with a pigtail that makes it switchable from one brand to the next?

There will be about 6' of cable (starting from the actual xducer in the hull) there will then be a connecter (waterproof) that starts the cable run that eventually plugs into the back of the Furuno. If you see that connection, then you may just need a $69 dollar cable and it would then plug into either the back of the plotter directly or into a CP-300 box.

It's worth a look-see.
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I will look. So I could use either the furuno or the Raymarine sounder, obviously one at a time?
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I will look. So I could use either the furuno or the Raymarine sounder, obviously one at a time?
If you have the mix and match style described above, you will have to run both cables and connect them to the Furuno and Raymarine respectively then swap the connection down by the transducer. I would recommend some sort of cover for the unused plug that would probably be sitting in a pretty harsh bilge like environment. Might be more trouble than worth to try and maintain a setup using both sonars for anything more than a short period to evaluate which sonar you prefer.
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http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...nCvdmbXJ2v9QXQ

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Sfjakey,

Don't know if you are in South Florida, but if you are I am happy to show you the system in real life conditions. I have two e125s, 12kw open array, evolution autopilot, a 450 chirp sounder and a c120 chirp downvision sounder, a flir unit and an ais unit. Pretty much have a complete Raymarine line up and you will be able to see how good the stuff really is. I am very pleased.
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Thanks for the offer, but the only way could be farther is if I was in Anchorage. I'm in San Francisco.
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Originally Posted by sfjakey View Post
Well, I just spent 3 hours at the local shop here, he is a premier Raymarine dealer, and I am beyond impressed with these units. I'd say the comparison is like the difference between a dial phone and an iPhone. Both make the call, but this new Raymarine sure seems to be way beyond anything else I've played with. I hope I'm not disappointed, but I'm 99% sure the E125 will be my next chart plotter, followed by the HD radar shortly thereafter.
Raymarine e series with first generation Light House is behind the competition when it comes to usability (ex: Simrad NSS and Garmin 8000 series) There is a reason why they almost totally rework the user interface after such a short time. I haven't tried Light House II so I don't know how it measures up against the competition, but the competition also gets tougher, any day now Simrad will start shipping NSS Evo2.
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I found the first generation of Lighthouse simple and intuitive. Simrad seemed more confusing to me. Garmin is Garmin, but the 8000 series is to much $$$$$ comparatively, and the 6000 and 7000 seem outdated.
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Whats the verdict on the cp100. Could it be used as primary sounder if fishing in less than 500 ft.
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Just switched from NSS, HDS combo to E- Series ( and a Dragonfly). The processor speed on these units is fantastic. Zooming in from out of space to 50 feet over the surface in a second - without waiting for the Platinum chart to,load. I had two concerns before i bought these units . They could not load GPX files, and what about the build in sounder quality ( NSS has very good sounder)?. Well - when LH II releases they will load GPX, and the sounder is least as good as my NSS (same transducer B60). Last but not least . The quality feeling of these units when take in your hand ! . Real metalcase instead of that plastic i was used to.
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Great feedback, Thanks Peter
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J. The quality feeling of these units when take in your hand ! . Real metalcase instead of that plastic i was used to.
The quality feeling of the e series chassis is good, but the same can't be said about the controls which have the feeling of a cheap toy. I previously had E Classic, there both the chassis and the controls had an excellent quality feeling.

I make my living out of designing high reliability electronics for marine environments, for a unit which is not going to be exposed to high pressure (very deep waters) or huge mechanical loads synthetic materials can be as good or better than metal for the chassis as long as the cooling is handled (NSS chassis has a huge integrated metal cooling fin) and the design of the chassis is done in such a way it can be trusted to be waterproof over time.

For the electronics a synthetic chassis is better than metal since it will dampen the shocks the unit is exposed to.

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