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RAYMARINE Honored at IBEX
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posted 10-17-2011 09:55 PM ET (US)
The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International honored RAYMARINE today with a 2011 IBEX Innovation Award for their e7D Multifunction Display with digital SONAR in the category of OEM Electronics.
IBEX describes itself as "the largest technical marine event in the world" and is a trade-only show.
For more on the Raymarine e7, see
The e7 can be bundled with a digital SONAR module and becomes the e7D.
posted 10-19-2011 07:21 AM ET (US)
I have seen this unit on the Raymarine website and am seriously considering replacing the A50D with this new unit. I think my existing digital transducer will work with the e7D but I am not 100% positive. If I can use the same transducer, I will probably buy this unit during the off-season.
Jim, do you have any plans on doing a personal "review" of this unit? I always enjoy these and find them very informative for purchasing decisions.
posted 10-19-2011 08:17 AM ET (US)
Robert--I have not thought about testing the e7. It certainly looks very interesting. To have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces on a marine instrument is something new, and the integration with Apple iOS devices is particularly innovative. The e7 is quite a departure from marine electronics of just a few years ago.
ASIDE: Recently I came across an old issue of BASS & WALLEYE BOAT magazine from 2007 which featured a special section on electronics. Although from just four years ago, all of the sounders and chart plotters advertised in that issue looked positively ancient.
posted 10-19-2011 11:13 AM ET (US)
Looks interesting. It's about time a high end marine electronics product got in to the 21st century in terms of it's user interface. I've been amazed at how antiquated the touch controls, drop down menus and overall system navigation of these units has been. Kinda feels like working on a DOS system using the function keys.
Apple and windows raised our expectations well over a decade ago. Good to see this finally trickling into the boating world!
posted 10-19-2011 02:49 PM ET (US)
But the E7 still uses those drop down menus in addition to user defined icon fucntions. ..... the Simrad NSS7 is much easier to use. Yes, I've had my hands on both units.
posted 10-20-2011 07:55 AM ET (US)
A question for BWP, where did you go to see both units? I would like to see the Simrad and the Raymarine side by side to compare features and user interfaces. I have not seen either one of these in person, only through the websites of each manufacturer.
As an aside, maybe, just maybe, if I purchase the e7D I could ship it to JimH and let him to some "bench testing" prior to installation on my boat. I bet I could learn more from Jim's review than the owners manual.
posted 10-20-2011 08:58 AM ET (US)
I have a NSS 7 on my test bench at home .... I'm getting ready to install it on my Whaler. I spent about an hour on the E7D at a boat show just playing around with it.
Both are nice machines ....
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