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Old 13 April 2007, 08:00   #1
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Special Raymarine Solent Beer and Banter.

Hello all.

As some of you are aware my place of gainful employment these days is Raymarine in Portsmouth, where apart from doing my normal job I regularly voice my opinion on existing gear, and products in development with regard to their use on boats and RIBs outside the more usual Raymarine target market.

The marketing and development teams have obviously been listening, and it appears would genuinely appreciate spending some time with some like-minded individuals.

Iíve suggested that I could set up a special Solent Beer and Banter session, or hijack a normal one, so that they could bring along some kit, both existing and unreleased, which we would have the chance to play with, voice our opinions about, and suggest what we would like to see included in future developments.
There is also the possibility of future liaison between us and Raymarine with regard to development trials etc.

Its an excellent opportunity to put our point of view across, and let these teams know what we want from marine electronics, however to make it work I need some commitment that enough of our community would turn up to make it viable. Iím happy that I can judge this from the reaction to this thread.

Some reactions please.

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Old 13 April 2007, 08:10   #2
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As a Raymarine user I would be happy to turn up, drink beer and talk sh!t..

Seriously though I think it would be a valuable exercise on both sides so count me in.

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Or how about a factory visit ? as a reciprocal perhaps we could hijack them for a run to Priory bay and BBQ. I am sure any chart plotters they happened to leave on board by accident could be put to good use on a local Osprey about to be built.

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Bring it on.

Anything to sway my total lack of brand loyalty.
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Yep, up for that Nasher. A factory visit would be brill
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that sounds superb !! a listening company!!
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Count me in, lots of stuff i would like to see in the development side of things.
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Keep the thoughts coming guys, the amount of reaction in a short space of time looks good.

Unfortunatly a factory visit would not be possible as all production has now been moved out of Portsmouth to an EMS provider in Hungary. Raymarine wants to concentrate on development etc.
But we do have a very good demo room with all the gear up and working.
I've just thought that if I could arrange a bar in there that would be an ideal place.

Need to talk some more when I get back to work on Tuesday.

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Sounds good. Looking for something to fill a couple holes in my console
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