Originally Posted by canadian_eh
I am in the process of adding some older electronics to my project a 1996 Novurania MX530DL with an 1986 Mariner 115hp inline 6 outboard. I have a Raymarine C80, and in the process of picking up a RD218, and DSM300. I know it is older kit but I liked the ruggedness of it.
I have a couple of questions:
1) Raymarine DSM300. Is anyone running this unit on here with the AirMar M260 (in hull transducer) and if so..where did you mount it? I am focusing on this guy because I am looking for good depth measurements at speed. Any other suggestions for transducers?
2) I am having a radar arch modified that has a gimble mount for the radar. I am having a bench seat added as my unit currently does not have one. how high did you mount your radar? (ie. How high did you make your arches)?
3) Do any of you have experience with the Raymarine AIS 650 unit? Pro/Cons? The reason I ask is although I am mainly playing on playing on the inland lakes of Ontario Canada I am really thinking of adding an AIS sensor if I venture out where the Great Lake freighters play.
Thanks for any help in advance.
1, I have the DSM300 with the M260. The M260 is installed about 2' forward of the transom just to the port side of the centre line. I had a Bailey hatch fitted into the deck to give access for fitting. The transducer will fit through a 8" circular hatch. It's a bit of a faff to install the tank for the txr but the results are worth it, I get a good clear echo at all speeds. Spend time getting the tank fitted correctly is time well spent. You can download the fitting instructions from the Airmar website.
2, My radar is around 2.5m above the deck at the transom, which is around level with your head when stood at the helm 3m away, which is safe enough. Not sure you need a gimble mount though, it will bounce around like buggery on a RIB.
3, I have the AIS 650. Not the easiest bit of kit to install, mostly due to the E80 software not recognising the AIS messages over NMEA0183, it took me a few days & several calls to Raymarine to sort it out, but it works fine now. I'm not sure how well the "C" series will handle it. It's clearly aimed at the N2K systems.