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Old 05-07-2015, 07:43 PM
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OK people, I have been lurking here for quite a while and enjoying a wealth of information. I am now joining in with this informative forum with a question. I am looking for members that have first hand experience with a Raymarine E7D Multi function display and /or a Raymarine EV-100 Power Autopilot system. I am looking at both of these systems to outfit a 22' C-Dory that currently has older Raymarine systems. What are your opinions? Is there other brands in the same price range as these that are better?
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My experience was this: I bought a boat 3 yrs ago that already had some RM stuff on it. I wanted to replace all of it with the newest, latest and greatest stuff. I have never been a big fan of RM, but since Flir bought them it seemed they may have gotten better. So instead of just dropping 10k on new equipment, last yr I bought just an A67 and installed on the boat next to all my other RM products and if it worked well I would upgrade everything this yr. This spring I yanked out everything that said Raymarine on it and installed Garmin. The RM stuff just plain sucked.
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drbridge, I would suggest you look at our a series units, they are touch screen with pinch to zoom and you can get your choice of traditional 600 watt sonar in the "a" 7 series or our chirp & Downvision in the "a8" series. The a series with the evolution AP will be a great system.
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I had an e7D and I hated. The touch screen would never stay calibrated and it would very slow to boot up and change screens. That was my first and last experience with RM.
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
I had an e7D and I hated. The touch screen would never stay calibrated and it would very slow to boot up and change screens. That was my first and last experience with RM.
Same experience with Garmin. Been using RM since with no problems.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by drbridge View Post
OK people, I have been lurking here for quite a while and enjoying a wealth of information. I am now joining in with this informative forum with a question. I am looking for members that have first hand experience with a Raymarine E7D Multi function display and /or a Raymarine EV-100 Power Autopilot system. I am looking at both of these systems to outfit a 22' C-Dory that currently has older Raymarine systems. What are your opinions? Is there other brands in the same price range as these that are better?
Thanks in advance

Doug
I have the Raymarine C97 as well as the Ray 55 vhf in my C-Dory 19 Angler and works great for me. Mines not touch screen. If ya fish as I do, I did not want the touch screen as I did not want blood and whatever else all over the screen. If ya don't fish maybe that's the way to go. Anyhow no problems with my Raymarine stuff and have had it three years now.
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I love my Raymarine equpiment. A128, cp370, 24hd dome, ev400 autopilot. Raymarines tech support has been the best I have ever dealt with. I had to deal with garmin a year ago and glad I got rid of it.

The older ray equipment is not even close to the new lineup they have out.
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I replaced my electronics with Raymarine E125's, chirp, HD radar and satellite weather. Made NMEA connections to my autopilot and AIS. I have been using it for a year now and am very happy with it. Had Garmin before it and was happy with it also.
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We have a C125, a C95..(don't want touch screens)RMK 9 remote CP370,Evolution auto pilot and radar.We make our living with this equipment.No complaints here.We have used it on over 150 charters.Screens are bright (LED back lit) and resolution is great.We have owned Furuno Navnet and Garmin 7212's this is far superior.With Raymarine you get Navionics platinum plus ,C map 4d and NOAA vector and Noaa raster.Nobody is doing that. The garmin chart screens looked like a toy compared to Raymarine.A lot of Raymarine haters out there. Capt.Mike
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Almost daily, I get a call from someone with a middle aged Garmin, Lowrance or Simrad unit seeking repair services. They come to me because they've found out - to their unhappy surprise - that the manufacturer no longer supported their product. They really get angry when I tell them that I cannot help them either because the manufacturer does not sell parts or even schematics - to independent repair companies. The conversation usually ends with the customer vowing to never buy from that manufacturer again.

While I can fully appreciate and understand the manufacturers perspective - a short lived service policy CLEARLY violates the FIRST commandment of business: "Thou shall NOT piss of thy customer!".

Modern marine electronic systems can cost you a good chunk of change, and long term service and support should also enter into your thinking before your pull the trigger on a purchase. Garmin makes great, innovative easy to use gear, and if you're the type who buys new toys fairly regularly, you'll likely never be unhappy. If your 7 year old Garmin system should need repair, you will probably have no choice but to buy a used unit on eBay or grit your teeth and buy something new. Raymarine also makes great, innovative easy to use gear, but in most cases their service and support time span is significantly longer. For example - they still service 10 year old C and E classic equipment. Furuno is probably king of the hill when it comes to service longevity - AND you can usually get them serviced locally. For guys who like and want to keep their gear, or cannot afford new toys or don't want to endure a steep learning curve that comes with a new unit, this can become an important issue.
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All the other comments notwithstanding, in my opinion, the screen size (7" +/-) is a tad too small for your boat. You will be MUCH happier with the 9" or 12" versions, either the c95/97 (with or without built-in sounder) or the e95/97 (touch screen) at a minimum. The 12" versions give you that much more real estate to see what's going on.

FYI, I have an e165 at the helm with an e7 haning from the overhead and an e95 in the tower. I also experience the touchscreen calibration issues with the e7 as preciously mentioned, but neglected to take advantage of the trade-in when it was offered.

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Thanks all for the feedback on this equipment. After thinking about it, I think I will go with a C97. I think the touch screen could be a problem for me as I do fish a lot. Sounds like it may have a better track record also. On my boat I sit very close to the MFD, so I think this screen will do fine.
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I have OLD RM stuff that I installed starting in like 2004. Added this and that and now have C70, C80, DSM-250, and 4KW radar. I have never had the first minute of trouble from any of it.

I have Garmin in my truck and love it. I've used plenty of Garmin marine stuff. Not so lovin' on that.
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Originally Posted by drbridge View Post
Thanks all for the feedback on this equipment. After thinking about it, I think I will go with a C97. I think the touch screen could be a problem for me as I do fish a lot. Sounds like it may have a better track record also. On my boat I sit very close to the MFD, so I think this screen will do fine.
I think you are making a great choice. I love my C97. It will be the perfect size for your 22 as I think the 7" would be too small as others have said. I mounted mine right above the steering wheel (on the dash) and fits perfect. Easy install.
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Originally Posted by drbridge View Post
think the touch screen could be a problem for me as I do fish a lot.
I have two touch screens but keep a rag tied on my t-top legs so I can dry my hands off. With this I have never had any issues with them.
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Raymarine is non intuitive & not user friendly, plain & simple!!!
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I have current gen Garmin and Furuno VX2 on my boat.

2kw sounder and 12kw radar.

My last boat had RM E125's, chirp, and a HDopen array.

I just did 4,000 plus miles and I am thinking about selling my current stuff and going back to RM.

RM is a good blend of intuitive plus the rarely used stuff if you want it.

If I did not already have electronics, I would 100% go with RM.

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Originally Posted by LBI View Post
Raymarine is non intuitive & not user friendly, plain & simple!!!



Obviously hasn't used any of the newest stuff by FLIR.
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