Raymarine Continues to Roll Out New Products with New Capabilities

Miami Beach — Among the first of what will be a small tsunami of new products announced here at the Miami International Boat Show are four new product lines from Raymarine.  OceanLines readers were among the first to hear about some of them in Raymarine’s proposed helm outfitting for the new Kadey-Krogen 55′ Expedition.  You can read about that series HERE.  And here’s a quick rundown of the new Raymarine products:

New Raymarine C Series Widescreen Group Shot

New Raymarine C Series Widescreen Group Shot

Taking advantage of the new manufacturing emphasis on widescreen LCD technology, Raymarine announced a new Widescreen C-Series multifunction displays (MFDs).  Obviously, the new widescreens offer more viewing area and give the helmsman more flexibility in splitting screens or expanding scales.  Dave Bimschleger, president of Raymarine Inc., said, “Raymarine C-Series Widescreen owners will be able to navigate smarter by viewing more chart, radar and fishfinder data simultaneously.”

The C-Series Widescreen line is available in three sizes of sulight-viewable color displays — the 9-inch C90W, the 12-inch C120W and the 14-inch C140W.

One of the products Raymarine included in its proposed helm for the Krogen 55′ Expedition was the new AIS500 Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS) Receiver.  Recreational boaters (at least those in boats smaller than 65′) have a choice of using a “listen-only” AIS receiver, but Raymarine, along with many marine safety experts believes the use of a full Class B transceiver, which not only tracks other AIS-equipped vessels, but transmits the boater’s own information, is the safest route to take.

The AIS500 comes with a 16-channel dedicated GPS with external antenna and is easily networked, either over Raymarine’s SeaTalkng or a standard NMEA 0183 network.  The new Raymarine unit also features “Buddy Tracking” which allows you to program the unit with the MMSI numbers of friends and fellow cruisers so you can follow their boats more easily.

New Raymarine ST70 Plus Color Instrument Display

New Raymarine ST70 Plus Color Instrument Display

The third product line is the all-new ST70 Plus series of high-performance instruments and autopilot displays.  These were also part of the recommended system for the Krogen 55′ Expedition because of their new, larger size and more flexible customization.  These are the ideal solution for displaying navigation, wind, depth, speed, engine, generator and environmental information.  The units plug into both the Sea Talkng or NMEA 2000 data streams.

New Raymarine 4kW Digital Radome

New Raymarine 4kW Digital Radome

Raymarine also rolled out its first digital radomes, the RD418D and RD424D, both of which feature a 4 kW transmitter with both digital and analog signal processing, low-noise receiver, auto gain control technology, and a maximum range of 48 NM.

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Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom’s tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . .