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Old 12 May 2005, 15:57   #1
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Raymarine or Navman big decision time

At last my rib is back on track - have to decide on electronic fit.

Was going to get a Garmin 172c or similar - until I saw just how small they really are!!!

Basically 2 choices - either order a Navman 6600 from the USA for about 880 or get a Raymarine C80 from the UK for 1600 all in - ie with GPS - Fishfinder module and a seperate Navman 3000 fuel computer.

In the UK the Navman costs about 1400 which is a scandal but hardly any diff at all on Raymarine. I know raymarine are far better but it will basically cost me double for the Raymarine kit.

Of course if I do go down the Raymarine route would be silly not to buy a Radome.......

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Old 12 May 2005, 16:23   #2
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I have a C120 with all the bells and whistles, I much prefer it to my old navman kit.
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Old 12 May 2005, 16:39   #3
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I have a C120 with all the bells and whistles, I much prefer it to my old navman kit.
Yes - money no object I wouldn't hesitate but cashflow bit tight at moment!!! Typical of me - all or nothing!!!

To get a setup that does what I want involves me getting just one unit in the Navman - or getting a complex setup to do the same - if only Raymarine did a fuel transducer as well.

Also of course the Navman uses the new C map MAX whilst the Raymarine uses Nav gold - which is better???
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I've the 6600 and am very pleased with it (waiting for max card upgrade)

got it from steve the boat on here, who i'm sure would cut a deal.

didnt go for the raymarine as there is no easy way to play and plan on a PC. and fuel computer also

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Old 12 May 2005, 17:16   #5
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Raymarine or Navman?

There's no comparrison - friend has a C120 on his RIB interfaced to radar and it's a lovely bit of kit. And there are good deals to be had on the old RL70 and RL80 - these are great kit - I've used them both on other RIBs and they do a superb job. Look at www.mesltd.co.uk

I'm surprised you haven't compared Raymarine with Garmin. The 2010 is a very, very impressive bit of kit, and there's a new version with is radar-ready. That's what I would fit on Blue Ice if I wasn't spending on other stuff. Have a look at VIT Electronics www.vitelectronics.com (that's the place that Gavin and Tim recommend) and click on the button that reveals their discounted price - massive saving.
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I too have a 6600, they are 1149 delivered from JG Tech, very helpful guy too. The Max upgarde will be available very soon, so the bods in New Zealand are telling Plastimo. As for the Max cartography, it is very nice, coverage just as good with the Mega Wides as the Navionics XL3s. I think the Navman gives a much more intuative interface, I have not needed to look at the manual to work out any aspects of the unit, I have read it but it all seems obvious when using the menus. The fuel computer is a top feature costing 65 more.

If you get the Navman from the US there will be VAT and duty and shipping, if you can claim back the VAT then the UK price is not bad at
970 delivered next day. As for service the guys at Plastimo will swap the unit in case of any problems. Mine is totally waterproof, no condensation through winter.

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6600, they are 1149 delivered from JG Tech
1149 sounds a bit expensive for a 7" display
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The Max upgarde will be available very soon,

The fuel computer is a top feature costing 65 more.

Hope that helps.
They rekon it will be out on Friday - so says Paul the plastimo tech bod. Have had great fun in the last few days playing with the max cards on the PC-Planner software. Far superior to navionics and garmin charts , which I have also

yah love the fuel computer - frightening to see the liquid gold sucked down when ya bang the hammer fully open.

theres also a full engine dignostic display if you hook it up to a mercury engine. No good to me as I have an etec.

one last thing having a hi res portrait display is I think better than a landscape display. After all its better to know whats in front than way off to the side. AIMHO.

ya pays ya money etc etc

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Thanks for your help everyone - Cactus quoted me 1415 for the navman - really steep!!!

Yes Garmin make some very good kit but at that sort of price point I would far rather Raymarine - they have been at Radar far longer!!!

Navman does all I want with nice big screen at good price but will only buy it from abroad so may be warrenty probs - if buying Raymarine will stick with UK as they made here so no real savings to be made overseas!!!

Have just downloaded the product manuals from both websites!!!

Never normally so indecisive but this driving me nuts - if i get the Raymarine just GOT to have RADAR and a way of mounting it etc etc.

At the end of the day the final answer may have to lie with security - although my boat will be safe kit does sometimes go missing from other boats there so will have to remove equipment each time - much easier with an all in one like the Navman I suppose - unless you lot know different???
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If you can afford the C120 get it. Its superb
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