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Raymarine Evolution and Garmin 82xx?

Old 09-08-2014, 07:31 AM
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Default Raymarine Evolution and Garmin 82xx?

How well will these two play together?

I assume the pilot will be able to follow the course?

Any way for the plotter to control the pilot seamlessly and elegantly?

Issues to be aware of?

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They will well work together, but for seamless integration you need a Garmin pilot.
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I have married the two recently. They guy is not a Garmin fan. New boat to him.

Evolution Autopilot works great!
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:23 AM
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Thanks! Can you guys give me specifics? Obviously the pilot will work fine on its own, but what can and cannot be done via the plotter?
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:24 AM
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Thanks! Can you guys give me specifics? Obviously the pilot will work fine on its own, but what can and cannot be done via the plotter?
Nothing, goes to waypoints just fine.
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You can't just touch a point on the chart, select go to and then get the question, Engage pilot in Nav mode? Then just touch the Yes box. The same with a waypoint and a route.


With different brands you will typically set the pilot in auto mode, then select go to at the plotter and then select Nav mode on the pilot. So it will be more pushing and you need to use both the plotter and autopilot control panel. With one brand everything is done from the plotter and with fewer steps.

Garmin autorouting will only work with Garmin pilots.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:38 AM
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I don't have the Raymarine but have been considering one.

The issue that I see is if you have to update the AP software. If you have a Raymarine MFD then it is simple, if not then you would need to either take the unit to a service/dealer or get your hands on (borrow a friends in other words) MFD and hook to the network for an update.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
I don't have the Raymarine but have been considering one.

The issue that I see is if you have to update the AP software. If you have a Raymarine MFD then it is simple, if not then you would need to either take the unit to a service/dealer or get your hands on (borrow a friends in other words) MFD and hook to the network for an update.
Many people just install it and it works perfectly. If so, I wouldn't bother with updates. Many of the updates are for advanced features. The latest software addresses everything that I've noticed that were potential issues with other peoples plotters. FYI
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I don't know about the new one, but on the st70 and Garmin 526s it will only allow you to "nav to". But does anybody really use their autopilots to follow a route? Assuming a route would be a number of waypoints to get you through a channel or something. Or do some people make/use actual routes to use while trolling? I use my autopilot to go in a straight line in the middle of the ocean, maybe it's just me.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:28 AM
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It's too bad because I think that from a technology standpoint, the Evolution is vastly superior to everyone else's pilots that are fundamentally unchanged over the last few decades.

OTOH, Garmin has Shadow Drive, which is very useful for my waters. And I'd really prefer a single supplier for my new electronics suite. I loathe the mishmash look of almost all helms in our category of boats.
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