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Old 07 July 2006, 05:22   #11
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Raymarine is great - usually comes out neck and neck in all the tests with the Icom - Raymarine may be a little easier to use.

Whatever you do don't buy from Cactus or MES in Bristol - they use grey imports as I have found out - they are very quick to take money off you but that is all they seem to be interested in!!!

Prey tell more? I bought an E series off them at last years boat show. anything i should be worried about?

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Old 07 July 2006, 05:26   #12
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Be worth a look at the new M505 too.
Bit more money than the M421 but has some great feature ideal for the rib/open boat market.

M421 SRP 249.95
M505 SRP 299.95.

Also our radio's are built by us in our own factories.
We never rebadge of have the radio's built for us!

3 year warranty and support second to none in the VHF world!!!

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Old 07 July 2006, 13:10   #13
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Raymarine or Icom

I'd suggest downloading the instruction manuals for each (manufacturers website) and checking out which you prefer in terms of method of operation. The ICOM has a one touch DSC distress system which some people seem to like and some don't.
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Old 07 July 2006, 20:52   #14
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Prey tell more? I bought an E series off them at last years boat show. anything i should be worried about?

Mark
Grey imports and can treat their customers very badly - me included - will spill the beans later on. don't worry though Raymarine themselves are great and I love their equipment.
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Old 08 July 2006, 03:05   #15
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Am replacing one of these the Shipmate VHF which all works ok, just has an infrequent fault that means it turns itself off every once in a while. To be fair may be wiring, I dont know.
Did you ever have any issues with your shipmate on channel 80 calling marinas? I didn't on my set, but was out on a motor cruiser the other day where it appeared the duplexing wasn't working.
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Old 12 August 2006, 18:16   #16
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How about the 240E?

Hello,

Anyone tried the Ray 240E then?

http://www.raymarine.com/raymarine/P...roduct_id=2006

Just curious, I am looking at one of those.
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Old 12 August 2006, 22:21   #17
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I haven't any experience of this actual set by the Raymarine 54E is great as is all my other Raymarine stuff - their backup is excellent. I read a review of the 240 and it was full of praise.
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Old 13 August 2006, 04:48   #18
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Well brought the ICM421 VHF set yesterday, will bung it on the RIB at the weekend.

Got it for a fraction less than 200, yes its a UK sourced set. All be it the Marine Super Store at Portsolent dont answer emails!!!! They are able to do good deals, so well worth a shop.

Am replacing one of these the Shipmate VHF which all works ok, just has an infrequent fault that means it turns itself off every once in a while. To be fair may be wiring, I dont know.

Anyways, anybody interested in it?


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Old 13 August 2006, 08:58   #19
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Silva S10 for 99, INCLUDING DSC!!!!!! Currently available all over the place.
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Old 13 August 2006, 11:49   #20
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Silva S10 for 99, INCLUDING DSC!!!!!! Currently available all over the place.
I wouldn't fit a Silva anywhere it is likely to get wet. On a boat, for example.

I use 2 Silva sets for teaching, and find that their menu system is by far and away the nicest of any of my training sets (I have Icoms, Navmans and Simrads), and feedback shows they are the easiest to operate. However, they are definitely not the most robust units out there, and everyone I know who has/has had one has had it fail within a very short space of time. The only radio I rate lower is the Cobra - in that price bracket I'd be taking a very close look at an XM.
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