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Stephen Syrotiak posted 09-21-2008 09:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for Stephen Syrotiak   Send Email to Stephen Syrotiak  
As a part of the cash infusion for Mr.Toad's 24th birthday, I am installing a Raymarine A65. I'd love to hide the sounder module under the starboard wire chase on a 1984 Outrage 22. What's your opinion of the lack of moving air around the unit? The manufacturer wants the thing in a well ventilated area. Also a place where the LED is visible. I can live without a visible LED. The unit will either work or not--I don't need a light to tell me that it's not working.

Thanks for all opinions, and true life experiences.


jimh posted 09-21-2008 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am having difficulty understanding your proposed mounting location "under the starboard wire chase." I am familiar with the Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 22, and under the starboard rigging tunnel there is no space that I can think of which would accommodate the SONAR module. I suggest you mount inside the helm console.
Stephen Syrotiak posted 09-21-2008 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Stephen Syrotiak  Send Email to Stephen Syrotiak     
Sorry Jim,

I'm referring to the vertical section from gunnel to deck. It's a fiberglas fabrication that conceals the running light wiring..

As I recall the manual, which is outside, the mfr suggests not mounting in the console... I will look again tho.



jimh posted 09-21-2008 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Steve--Thanks for the clarification. I understand the location you are referring to now.

When I tested the A60 on my bench I did not actually connect and fire up the Sounder Module, so I don't have a feeling for how much heat it generates. I think ambient temperature and heat build up are what concerns Raymarine in the mounting, as well as protection from weather and water.

The only reason I can imagine for avoiding mounting the Sounder Module in the console might be related to interference to or from other devices close by. As I recall the included cables allow for a fair amount of distance between the display and the sounder modules.

Stephen Syrotiak posted 09-21-2008 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Stephen Syrotiak  Send Email to Stephen Syrotiak     
Thanks for your input Jim. I'm going to put the thing under the vertical chase. I mean, how hot can it get...

I will try it here before buttoning it all up. If it gets really hot, I'll be surprised, and will drill top and bottom vent holes in the chase.

Can't wait to use it in anger!

Tnx agn


seabob4 posted 09-21-2008 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for seabob4  Send Email to seabob4     
I would imagine the under gunnel area is open. That will provide plenty of ventilation. Have at it!
Stephen Syrotiak posted 09-21-2008 06:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Stephen Syrotiak  Send Email to Stephen Syrotiak     
Thank you gentlemen. The deed is done. Module isn't even warm... All is out of sight now..

BTW, the chartplotter seems to be extremely cool (nice, not temperate) It took about 3 seconds to acquire all satelites. Wow! I've been living in the dark ages! :)

Thanks again.


jimh posted 09-21-2008 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Steve--If you just purchased the A65, don't forget the big rebate offer in effect currently.
Stephen Syrotiak posted 09-22-2008 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Stephen Syrotiak  Send Email to Stephen Syrotiak     
That incentive had much to do with my purchase of this unit..

Now, what else to do on Mr.Toad.... A new Super Console'd be nice. Wish I could get one that hasn't had any holes punched in it.

The hull needs polishing... No scratches or serious nicks.. Just 24 years of not being waxed more than twice. Good thing it's always stored on a trailer and covered.

All this started with a new trailer.... then a new engine*... then the chartplotter.

*225 4c Yamaha. Which still hasn't been run. The secondary fuel pump is a lemon. New one to arrive at the dealer's today. Yes, patience is one of the bonus items to come with age. :)

Agin, thanks and it's nice to stumble on this site and meet you folks.


jmorgan40 posted 09-24-2008 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
Let me get this right. The instructions tell you to install the module in a well ventilated area where yo can see the LED light. So you decide to mount it in an area with no ventilation what so ever and no way to dee the LED. So when it overheats, what do yo tell the warrenty people at Raymarine? I would assume there was a reason they made those suggestions. Good Luck
seabob4 posted 09-24-2008 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for seabob4  Send Email to seabob4     
Have you ever read that passage by the guy who works for "Boating" magazine, that also writes install manuals for manufacturers? Every once in a while, he likes to add, "and stick the red wire up your nose." Sometimes instructions are kind of like the 23 "warning" stickers on your 6' step ladder.

You did a good job. Carry on!

gulfcart posted 09-25-2008 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for gulfcart  Send Email to gulfcart     
Bought Raymarine A60 yesterday for $740 plus tax at West Marine. They matched a price I found online for the $740. West Marine is at $799.99. Subtract the $200 rebate, not a bad unit for $540. Will install hopefully next month. Replacing 10 year old Lowrance LMS 250a. What value, if any, would the Lowrance have sold with tranducer, GPS antenna, and dash unit? Thanks,
jmorgan40 posted 09-27-2008 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
Most all the Lowrance units sell with the antenna and transducer included. My personal opinion is you will find the Raymarine GPS slightly better then the Lowrance but I still believe the Lowrance units beat Raymarine handsdown for the sonar capability.

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