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jimh posted 10-18-2008 10:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
RAYMARINE have announced their anticipated new A-Series products with availability in November 2008. The new line of A-Series products features three different display sizes, options for built-in SONAR sounder and chart cartography, and new and extensive interconnection with other NMEA devices.

All the new A-series units have an internal GPS receiver with built-in antenna and WAAS capabilities; no external device is needed. However, the RAYSTAR 125 GPS receiver can be connected if an external GPS receiver is desired. Pre-loaded chart cartography is available in three versions: U.S. Coastal and Great Lakes; U.S. Rivers and Inland; and the rest of the World. An internal digital SONAR unit is also optional.

The new A-series devices also support connection via NMEA-0183 to a VHF Marine Band radio for exchange of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) information, including remote vessel position polling. An Automated Identification System (AIS) receiver can also be connected, and the display will show AIS targets plots and information. These are significant upgrades from prior A-Series devices from RAYMARINE which did not have these capabilities

These new A-series units are also able to connect to a Sea-Talk NG (Next Generation) network, which is the RAYMARINE name for NMEA-2000. The devices can then be used to display NMEA-2000 data from other sources such as from engine controllers.

Here is a matrix of models, features, and prices::

5-Inch Display
A50 GPS and chart plotter = $1,075
A50 GPS and chart plotter, with chart cartography = $1,175
A50D GPS, chart plotter, sounder = $1,175
A50D GPS, chart plotter, sounder, with chart cartography = $1,295

5.7-Inch Display
A57D GPS, chart plotter, sounder = $1,549
A57D GPS, chart plotter, sounder, with chart cartography = $1,649

6.4-Inch Display
A70 GPS and chart plotter = $1,549
A70 GPS and chart plotter, with chart cartography = $1,649
A70D GPS, chart plotter, sounder = $1,899
A70D GPS, chart plotter, sounder, with chart cartography = $1,999

The price structure has a few quirks. The SONAR upgrade in the A50 is only $100, but in the larger A70 the SONAR upgrade is $350. According to RAYMARINE, the A50D SONAR is a 500-watt dual frequency, 50/200-kHz. The A70D SONAR is described in the same way. The chart cartography is generally a $100 up-charge, except in the A50D series where it is a $120 up-charge.

The low cost of the SONAR option in the A50D makes it a value leader in the series. As usual, screen size comes at a dear price. Comparing the top-of-line models in each series, the cost of the screen upgrades can be seen:

A50D, 5-inch = $1,295
A57D, 5.7-inch = $1,649 or $354 up-charge
A70D, 6.4-inch = $1,999 or $704 up-charge

If you can live with a smaller screen, the A50D looks like a bargain. Those 0.7-inch increments in screen size are very costly.


Compare at: http://www.raymarine.com:80/Default.aspx?site=1§ion=2&page=790

jimh posted 10-30-2008 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
RAYMARINE was showing their new line of A-series electronics at a recent industry-only show, so these devices are not just available in a press release--they're apparently about to be on dealers' shelves very soon.

One nice feature mentioned to me by a show attendee was the mounting base for the new A-series. The base incorporates cable management, resulting in a very clean installation. The display unit can be disconnected from the cables and removed easily. This is often an important consideration on smaller boats in which the electronics are not flush mounted into the helm dash board. Top mounted electronics often are removed when a boat is not in use to reduce the risk of loss from theft.

The minimum advertised price (MAP) for these units will be about $200 off the list prices mentioned above.

For connection to a NMEA-2000 network using DeviceNET connectors (also known as the LowranceNET Red connectors) will require an adaptor cable.

Overlay of a vessel RADAR is not supported. For that function you have to move up to the C-Series or E-Series units from RAYMARINE.

jimh posted 10-30-2008 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My correspondent also mentioned a new SONAR transducer which has a wider than normal beam. The orientation of the transducer in its transom mount can be physically rotated so the wider beam is either directed fore-and-aft or side-to-side. RAYMARINE's literature says:

--200 kHz Ultra Wide FanBeam transducer [delivers] three times beam width of conventional 200-kHz transducer

--Unique beam rotation control built into the transducer housing. Rotate beam fore and aft or port and starboard

The special FanBeam transducer is included on the models which are shipped with the U.S. Inland chart cartography.

jimh posted 01-10-2009 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Lockeman's Hardware and Boat have received inventory of Raymarine's new A-series units, so these devices are in production and distribution in the U.S.

I had a few moments to operate an A57D in demonstration mode. I hope to get a chance to give it a more thorough check out. I am sure Dave has it on display at THE ULTIMATE FISHING SHOW this weekend in Novi. I was thinking about going to the show but we just got another foot of snow, so the crowds may be down a bit.

mnboater posted 01-11-2009 01:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for mnboater  Send Email to mnboater     
If anyone is interested I have a new A70D, high resolution daylight color screen, GPS, chart, depth sounder and preloaded US coastal charts. Will accept Navionics CF chips for local areas. ...It has all the bells and whistles for $1200.00 delivered lower 48. I bought 2, but now only need one for my Revenge as my big boat was sold.

Jim Grinde
jgrinde@att.net

Strut posted 01-20-2009 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Strut  Send Email to Strut     
Has anyone operated the A57D yet. I hope to look further at this unit as the horizontal screen sure seems to fit my eye better than the usual square screen of some other units.

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