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Troubles with Raymarine A60
|Author||Topic: Troubles with Raymarine A60|
posted 08-01-2008 12:02 PM ET (US)
I've installed a Raymarine A60 in the cockpit of my Revenge 22 WT, it's a great device as it is very easy to read even in full sunlight. But....
The day I crossed the sea from Venice to Mali Losinj, the sea was flat as a table, we met two big school of dolphins enjoing the fair conditions of the Gulf of Venice. We spent the day after in a tiny bay and, as that place was so beautyfull, we decided to go to a small village for dinner and retourn back to the desert bay in order to anchor and stay there for the night. Unfortunately, when we lefted the small harbour after dinner, the sea was a little choppy (let say that waves were short as usual and high 2 or 3 feet). I wasn't concerned as I had my A60 to indicate the route, so I pushed the throttles and Hydroplane, but at the first bump Raymarine shouted down. It was dark, no lights around to indicate the place where we were directed, so I tourned on again the plotter. After a little while another wave and the A60 tourned off again. This problem repeated and I had to slow down and cruise at dislocating speed untill the place where we anchored.
The day after I checked all the connections and find out that they were ok, but the problem didn't ended up and when the sea isn't fair I cant use the A60. I also disconnected the echo sounder module without resolving the problem.
Maybe I must mount the A60 on a thick rubber surface in order to absorb schoks? Any suggestion?
Here some photos of the Raymarine on my Revenge
posted 08-01-2008 12:06 PM ET (US)
posted 08-02-2008 01:00 AM ET (US)
There IS a bad connection somewhere that goes open on a
big bump. I had a similar problem with Humminbird fishfinder,
the problem was that the plastic latch that held in their
quick disconnect mount had broken. Your problem could be
anywhere from the battery terminals to the GPS.
You may be able to provoke the problem at the dock (or on the
posted 08-02-2008 01:04 AM ET (US)
And in the first picture, it looks like you have another GPS,
which looks to be a Garmin. Make that a viable backup.
posted 08-02-2008 02:35 AM ET (US)
Chuck, thanks. I'll check it up again as soon the temperature decrease (we have 40° celsius with almost 100% humidity now).
The pictures were made after that trip, and now I always use two gps, but I must say that Raymarine is superior in visibility and it has also the sounder: I prefer to use Ray instead of Garmin as I found it more relaxing for my eyes.
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