|Safe and Sound with Raymarine|
By Tim Ludens
As you gear up to spend a summer on the water with family and friends, you should “think outside the cooler” for making it a fun and relaxing season. This year’s crop of new onboard electronics from Raymarine makes it easier than ever to enjoy your time on deck while keeping the whole crew safe and sound. From bigger, brighter and highly customized screens to the most accurate weather forecast and collision prevention, these new-on-the-scene products will help you to sit back and enjoy your time on the water.
Widen Your View
If you like watching HD television at home, you will love having the new C-Series Widescreen (seen above) on board. The C-Series Widescreen expands the power of multifunction navigation with larger, higher resolution displays, increased performance, expanded networking and video integration. The new high definition screen brings the caliber of home theater quality widescreen viewing to your helm. A bigger screen also translates to more viewing options and smarter navigation—you can customize the display to simultaneously show any two information sources, such as radar and fishfinder data.
The C-Series is ready-to-go right out of the box. A highly sensitive GPS sensor is built into the display housing, eliminating the need for an external GPS in most installations. You’ll be prepared for every weather situation (fingers crossed it won’t rain) with the easy-to-manage interface that lets boaters view SIRIUS Satellite weather maps and data as well as tune into SIRIUS radio stations directly from the C-Series Widescreen display.
The C-Series Widescreen line is available in three sizes of sunlight viewable color displays: the 9-inch C90W, the 12-inch C120W and the 14-inch C140W.
See and Be Seen
AIS technology is being used by commercial and professional vessels to stay safe on the water. With the AIS500 Class B Transceiver, recreational boaters now have access to the breakthrough safety technology as well. The receiver allows for electronic data exchange between vessels equipped with AIS transmitters, including identification, position, and course and speed information. As the data is gathered, it automatically appears on a connected chartplotter so you can see what’s around you even at night or in low-visibility weather. The added situational awareness helps to identify and avoid potentially dangerous situations and will give you piece of mind as you navigate through summer’s “holiday traffic.”
Color Me Informed
Boaters will be able to see the difference with the new ST70 Plus multifunction instrument and autopilot displays that offers a larger screen—almost double the size of the original ST70—as well as high-resolution, ultra-bright graphics. Depending on your personal preferences, you can mix and match eight different data pages and 25 display options for each page. And you won’t have to spend days studying and assembling the ST70 Plus. The instrument is designed for simple setup by even the most technically challenged boaters. It features intuitive digital, analog, graphical and historical display options for navigation, wind, depth, speed, engine, generator, environmental data and more.
See Clearly Now
Building on its comprehensive line of open array and radome radar antennas, Raymarine has recently added two new options to the mix with its new Digital Radome radar scanners, the RD418D and RD424D. Both highly advanced digital radomes feature the latest in power and technology with ultra powerful 2-kilowatt and 4-kilowatt transmitters respectively. A narrow horizontal beam width offers improved target separation through every range scale while SeaTalkhs connectivity and Raymarine’s Auto GST technology eliminates clutter caused by poor weather conditions such as rain and hail. Both the RD418D and RD424D are compatible with the C-Series Widescreen, E-Series and G-Series Multifunction Displays.