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Old 09-11-2017, 01:17 AM
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I've got a new to me boat (1967 Chris Craft Commander 31') that came with a Raymarine A65 GPS Chartplotter, and a Raymarine DSM25 unit which allows me to use it as a HD fish finder as well. I'm currently reading the manuals and learning how to operate this thing, but I was wondering if any of you are still using it, and what your thoughts and opinions on its capabilities are?

The unit that came with my boat looks like this, minus the transducer (not sure if the previous owner installed one or not).

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Technology has come a long way since this unit was in its prime. In my opinion it would be worth your while to consider an upgrade. If you are planning to fish the boat you will see significant gains in sonar capabilities and clarity. As far as the navigation side of things go you will see a lot faster antenna speeds and built in antennas in the newer units. You will also notice a newer selection of charts available to the unit to provide more NAV info and details. All in all the unit you have now may work for a short term or temporary unit, but ideally you would want to take advantage of the updates in technology to get the most out of your boating needs.
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I had one on my previous boat. I really liked it a lot. There's a lot of newer technology but this is a good solid machine.

I now have Simrad Evo2 units and sometimes I still like some of the A65 functions better.

Let me know if you want to get rid of it. I've got a runabout I'd like to put it on.
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I also had one on a previous boat. A downside is that Navionics no longer supports the CF-style card that it uses so you can't update the charts. Raymarine had numerous software updates and you can probably still get the latest version from their web site (2.28 was the last one IIRC). There was also an update to the GPS antenna making the original RS-12 model obsolete bc it wasn't capable of detecting the newer satellites and thus not able to take advantage of WAAS accuracy.The new one was a Raystar 125 I think, and Raymarine published a document showing how to connect it to your system. The fishfinder was very good and was one of the first to go w/the DSM modules to increase the power. If it works and you like it, use it until you need newer charts and replace it. If your area hasn't changed much navigation-wise and you don't need a high degree of GPS accuracy, it will do the job well.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
A downside is that Navionics no longer supports the CF-style card that it uses so you can't update the charts.

Are you sure? I checked the Navionics website last night and the CF card was still offered.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
If your area hasn't changed much navigation-wise and you don't need a high degree of GPS accuracy, it will do the job well.
I would only use the DSM model for things water depth and perhaps boat speed. My boat is a 1967 Chris Craft Commander '31 and still has the original depth finder, but I'd like something a little more accurate.

We usually boat in the same areas on they bay, but now that we have this large cabin cruiser, we may start extending our limits down the coast via the ICW. GPS accuracy isn't necessarily top priority, but user updated charts in our area is since shoaling is ever changing.

This is my all original, still working depth/fish finder.
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Are you sure? I checked the Navionics website last night and the CF card was still offered.
When I called them a couple years ago they told me there were no updated charts available on the old style cards. Maybe the person I talked to gave me the wrong info.
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Good unit, but I would upgrade if you could. Raymarine's newer a series models along with the newer es and axiom series offer top of the line chirp sonar, down/side scan as well as the new 3D imagery on the axiom units. You can run all the top notch charts (I run platinum+ charts on my axiom). Clear screen and presentation along with user friendly user interface and fast processor makes these units a must have for me. Just my 2 cents.
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