Entry-level and top-end electronics launched for 2013
The Raymarine technical team has been working overtime, with 12 new products on its stand in Ocean hall. At the budget end are two new ‘a’ series multifunction displays. The A65 is a 5.7in touchscreen model running Raymarine’s lighthouse user interface and is capable of almost everything that the larger more expensive ‘e’ series can do. The A67 is the same size display but incorporates built-in sonar.
At the other end of the price scale the new e165 is £4,674, a 15.4in display that has the same footprint as the old 14in
Raymarine has also given its instrument range a complete overhaul with a new i40 to replace the old ST40. Options for the i40 include Bi-data, speed, depth and wind instruments with prices starting at £165. A new i50 range will replace the old ST60+, offering speed, depth or Tri-data, plus there is an analogue wind range called the i60.
All this new hardware comes finished in Raymarine’s smart next-generation styling, as seen on the e7 and e9.
Raymarine was also showing off an app that allows full operation of its WiFi enabled multifunction displays from a tablet.
Prices on the ‘a’ series will not be announced until later October.
Jargon buster – Multifunction displays or MFDs refer to what are commonly known as chartplotter or plotter screens, the fixed hardware that display chartplotter, radar, fishfinder and other onboard information.