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Old 21 September 2007, 14:58   #1
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Raymarine C80 or C120

need your input here gents .......been looking at chartplotters and have settled on a Raymarine either a c80 or 120. I go on holiday/work over the pond to chicago in a few weeks and wondered if i should wait to buy the unit over in the good ole USA as they seem to be paying $ for equivelant pounds so i should make a saving due to strength of at present.

question i wondered is are they compatible with the UK with appropriate charts or is there something slightly different with them that would render it useless over here.

my intentions are ....chartplotter ....radar....fishfinder ....already have radio and gps .........really fancy radar due to being caught out in thick fog ....seriously spooky

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Old 21 September 2007, 15:11   #2
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Go for whichever is bigger and has the nicest display. If your using radar, charts and sonar on the one screen all at once then bigger the better.
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Old 21 September 2007, 16:32   #3
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I would imagine its the Navionics chart that make the difference because you get a base global map
Raymarine customer service should be able to tell you
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Old 21 September 2007, 21:52   #4
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I am very pleased with my C80 - it's been brilliant. Obviously the bigger the screen the better but there is quite a price jump. I have never looked at the C80 and thought - "I wish I had a bigger screen". I suspect the c70 screen would be too small though.

Remember you have to budget for the gps unit/aerial - most places in the UK throw it in for free. Looking at the US prices versus the UK the price there is only a difference of about 200(ex vat) which would be less when you add the gps module - the rest of the price difference is VAt which you will have to pay if you mail order it from the USA - of course if you bring it back in your luggage you will prob get away with it.

A DSM300 fishfinder module is a great addition - get a through hull sensor rather than the transom mount if your hull will take one.

The base maps are useless anyway - you have to buy the appropriate navionics gold card.
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thanks gents

Codprawn ....checking prices again ...as you said a fair hike in price for screen size .......looks like the C80 is favorite ......although there are some decent deals on C70 packages with the 2kw radar. just wonder how big a package that would be for bringing back.

I already have the 54E radio and the raystar 125 gps ....hence i want to stick with the raymarine equipe.

i have a searider 5.4 and all this lot above is a bit extravegant but bugger it i want one.....not sure about the through hull fishfinder though ....i think the transome mount will be the one i get.

another question .....i have the oil rig version of the searider which has the large A frame with self righting bag .....i like the look of the camel ribs with the roof rack style .....has anyone here modified their searider to take such a frame....

final question ....nest season i want to keep the boat on a mooring......i dont want to have to lug a little tender about ....i just want to jump into the drysuit ...put the flippers on and swim out, then bring the boat into the pier and load all the equipement .......does anyone here do this already?

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I did find the C70 screen a touch too small. Do you REALLY need RADAR? It ain't cheap!!!
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Well I'm a big fan of my C120, but I'd have thought it will be a bit big for your likely console size on a 5.4. Its display is excellent though, in all weathers including bright sunlight. The fish finding module is very expensive though IMHO. But you do have the advantage of having it all in one place.
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If you can afford/fit in a C80, don't get a C70. The display is significantly duller in appearance than the C80.

A radome box will be a c2ft cube, so quite big for excess baggage purposes!
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Well I'm a big fan of my C120, but I'd have thought it will be a bit big for your likely console size on a 5.4. Its display is excellent though, in all weathers including bright sunlight. The fish finding module is very expensive though IMHO. But you do have the advantage of having it all in one place.

The 120 is the same size as th 70 and 80 - it's just the screen is different.
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Sorry Codprawn, the C120 is significantly bigger than the C70 and C80.

In fact I think just the screen on a C120 is probably bigger than the overall plastics on a C80

C70 282mm x 189mm
C80 312mm x 222mm
C120 385mm x 277mm

Its sad I know this off the top of my head.

I'd go for the 80 on a 5.4 though, as the 120 will be a bit big.

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