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Old 18 July 2006, 07:12   #11
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I have had both and we have E80 now
I like the Garmin but the raymarine while not as easy to use
just seams more solid if i had my choice again i would buy
the big Garmin a lot less cash and for what we do it would not be a bad choice.
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Old 18 July 2006, 09:14   #12
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Codders, who are these people??-- do you mean the supermarket in Luxembourg? - where they sell cheap petrol, fags, and booze??

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I needed advice after having bought grey imports unknowingly from those sharks at Cactus.
Are your Raymarine items CE marked? If I remember correctly, its a Ray 54E you have, but isn't the 54E a Europe only model?
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Raymarine Raymarine Raymarine!!!

Try to get the C80 if you can afford it - same unit but screen is a bit bigger. I am very happy with mine.

I looked at the Navman - they are a lot cheaper but I was put off with the problems people have said they get. Apparently condensation is one of the main probs. I have a Navman 3100 fuel computer - it's great but guess what - it's the only instrument that fogs up all the time!!!

I have linked the Raymarine DSM300 fishfinder into the C80 and it is the best fishfinder I have ever seen - really accurate and easy to use. I went for a trasom mount transducer though - if you can use through hull.
Do you have the P66 transom transducer if so does it read at speed (20Knots+) ?
Have you had any bad readings relative to speed/sea conditions ?
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Do you have the P66 transom transducer if so does it read at speed (20Knots+) ?
Have you had any bad readings relative to speed/sea conditions ?
Does it hell. Transom mount transducers are crap on the move. Wish I had gone for a through hull. Having said that at rest a transom mount is more accurate and has greater range. Yes I do have the P66.
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Are your Raymarine items CE marked? If I remember correctly, its a Ray 54E you have, but isn't the 54E a Europe only model?
It is a 54E but it is set up for foreign markets. No UK private channels or anything else. Dealer or Raymarine only can add the channels - Cactus didn't bother!!! In fairness to Raymarine they have organised a localish dealer to sort it out FOC but I have to get the radio out and to them to do it.
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Codders, who are these people??-- do you mean the supermarket in Luxembourg? - where they sell cheap petrol, fags, and booze??

Jonathan
Cactus electronics and their sidekicks MES - 2 of the biggest advertisers in the boating mags in the UK. Raymarine etc aren't happy with them but they do shift a lot of kit - box shifters and nothing more!!!
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Garmin ever time.

Great kit, great service.
No matter what anyone says have found their back up to be second to none.

Have tried most of everything else and theirs is by far the easiest to use.
Like Nokia phone if you can fly one you can fly them all.

I would never consider anything else ever.

Have their in the car, on the boat and on the bike.

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Does it hell. Transom mount transducers are crap on the move. Wish I had gone for a through hull. Having said that at rest a transom mount is more accurate and has greater range. Yes I do have the P66.
I am considering Ray Marine A65 for the compactness and combined ability, I require 10-20knot read ability would I get it with the A65/through hull transponder?
From your quote of greater accuracy at rest with a transom mount is this something I would loose on thro/hull given the dual frequency benefits(If that makes sense)?(Wreck/Fish Requirements)
What other Products would fit these requirements + the non propriety issue(Garman/blue charts)
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Cactus electronics and their sidekicks MES - 2 of the biggest advertisers in the boating mags in the UK. Raymarine etc aren't happy with them but they do shift a lot of kit - box shifters and nothing more!!!
To be fair it is the other way round, Mes is by far the bigger of the two out fits.

They have their main office in Bristol but also have an office in Poole.
They also own Ocean Install, as the name suggests they mainly carry out electronics installs all over the UK and EU.

Why pray are Raymarine not happy with them and can you back that up?
I ask because thats not the way I hear it!
Have you seen Raydirect?

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