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Old 07-18-2005, 09:29 AM
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I've been planning on getting a radar for my boat (Robalo 2120) for a year or so and am about ready to do it. I have recently noticed Raymarine RL70CRC Plus displays being listed for $1,050. I'm wondering if this is an incredible deal since the MSRP is over $3K or if something else is going on. Also, any opinions on how the RL70CRC Plus matches up against the C70?

I would also love to solicit some opinions on mounting the radome. I will be getting a 2 kw dome and will be putting it up on the t-top. Now the interesting part is that I already have a Guest spotlight up there that stands about 10" tall. Is it necessary to get above the light or is there any chance the radar can shoot through it? (Its almost all plastic). I don't really want to put a 10 inch tower up there. If I do need to fully clear the light, how much of the dome actually needs to be over the light? In other words, how much of the radome's height is actually used for transmitting and receiving, and how much can be behind an obstruction?

Lots of questions, I know.
Thanks for any suggestions

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Old 07-18-2005, 11:38 AM
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Although there is nothing wrong with them Raymarine has stopped their production of them ...the C-Series and E-Series are their mainestays now...

They make a great unit for that price remember you need to add a dome (it's not included)... it's the HSB2 network ...

I would buy one if I was in the market ... it comes with the Chartplotter built in and uses C-Map nt chips...


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Default Re: Raymarine Radar Questions/Advice

Thanks for the response, John. I figured the line had been discontinued and the leftovers were going for cheap. Its nice to hear though that its not because of some known flaw in the system.

I am aware that I need to buy the dome on top of the display. Having it double as a chartplotter is nice too, I will probably get a raystar 120 to make it a redundant GPS. Someday I may even get a fluxgate or gyro and do radar/chart overlay.

Any thoughts on radome mounting? Can the 2kw shoot through a spotlight?

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The Pathfinder radar displays that Raymarine has had, have been replaced with the C and E Series display units.
The pathfinder were a good display but I would suspect that in a few years they will have a hard time getting parts for it. So with this, I'd look to the C and E Series display units. The C Series are stand alone units, they can not be connect to another display. The E Series can be connected to other E Series displays so you can see Radar, Chartplotter, and the Fishfinder at multiply places on the boat. If you are looking at the C70, I suggest you look at the C80 instead. It's not that much bigger overall but the display is a lot larger than the C70. The C 70 works okay but the screen is just too small.
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Default Re: Raymarine Radar Questions/Advice

thanks for the reply, martin.

I know C and E series are wonderful units, but I don't think I need anything that nice. I am mostly drawn to the rl70crc because of the bargain price I can get it at. I don't need the top of the line. If I can get an older yet still functional model at a nicely discounted price, that's probably the way I'll go.

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I have an RL70CRC and an L760CRC. They have very clear displays (mine are under a hardtop). The ability to overlay the chart & radar is a plus. It's also nice that they are networked via HSB2 so if one unit goes down, you have full functionality (chart/radar/ff). The C series cannot be networked. If you were also looking to upgrade your FF, you could get 2 displays & network them. For FF you would need the DSM250. If you are not looking for the "latest & greatest", the current Ray pricing allows you to get very good equipment at a great price.
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I feel pretty confident picking up the display at the bargain price.

Any thoughts on mounting the radome behind or partially behind a spotlight?

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I would be hesitant to mount it behind the light. How well does the light work/do you use it ? Could you mount the radome on a power tower ? One othe thing you might want to check: Is there a local dealer to service the unit if you have a problem ? Ray's flat rate for repairing out of warranty stuff is pretty high.
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Be very careful where you mount that dome. We just installed a tower on our 23' Mako and our brand new Raymarine radar has a great big blind spot directly in front of the boat b/c of all of the metalic obstructions from the tower.
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i have seen a few boats with the spotlight flipped over and mounted under the hard/t top. this clears the beam of the radar and the spotlight works pretty good. not that many people use the lights anyway
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The deal is a good deal - Raymarine is cleansing it's inventory to make way for the C and E series. Radar performance is virtually the same, it's just the feature sets and display technology is better with the C series.

Yes, the spotlight will affect the radar, although how is unpredictable. Most often it will generate sidelobes in that direction, which will appear as target smearing or stretching.

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