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Raymarine E97 + Quantum Radar

Old 11-21-2016, 10:14 AM
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Default Raymarine E97 + Quantum Radar

I currently run a first Gen Lowrance HDS7 but wanting radar and a larger screen I've sort of hung my hat on going with a Raymarine E97 or ES97 loaded with Navonics + and a Quantum Radar.

I've pestered the guys on another web site about this and have some good comments, so I'm casting out for any comments from you guys.

So far a lot of folks like Raymarine products perhaps as much as Garmin. Being a ex-Garmin guy I would have gone with a 1040xs but I'm seeing some negative comments and the radar would be an xhd which is still a pulse sweep unit and not compatible to the instant on Quantum.
Old 11-21-2016, 10:34 AM
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The e97 and eS97/98 are nice units. Its great to have full touch and button control. The Quantum radar is very good at close ranges and uses less than half the power of the Garmin. The old Garmin radars were behind their competitors in terms of performance, but Garmin has done a lot of catching up. The 18xHD is a pretty good radar for its size. The garmin is also 10inch 4x3 ratio vs the 9 inch widescreen in the e97. The fishfinder in the 97 models is a nice dual frequency unit. If you're looking for the latest and greatest in fishfinding, you might be better suited to a eS98 or the Garmin 1040xs. The chart options are better on the Raymarine as Garmin only lets you use their charts. I have a lot of experience with both models on my own boats and each have their pros and cons and neither are bad units.

If you happen to be a sailor, the hybrid control, charts, low power radar, and little need for latest gen fishfinding would probably point you towards the Raymarine. the e97 can be had for cheap lately.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of knowledgeable Raymarine people on this forum compared to the Garmin and Simrad guys, but there area few.

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