More Ray LightHouse II goodies: Sounder Select, GPX, DSC, PDF & Fusion-Link

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

18 Responses

  1. Brendan says:

    Thanks Ben,
    These look like good improvements for my e7.
    Your pic of true and apparent wind reminded me of one thing that bugs me about the e7, though. I chose not to install a speed transducer, since it’s one more through-hull. To calculate true wind as a vector sum, the e7 obviously needs speed and apparent wind. But in most cases, the SOG and apparent wind will give a pretty accurate picture of true wind direction. But if there’s no speed transducer, the e7 won’t give even an approximation of true wind. It would be nice to have just a quick at-a-glance idea about true wind, even if it doesn’t take current into account and just uses SOG. As it is, I do the vector sum in my head, but a quick approximation on the e7 would be nice.

  2. keith says:

    Hi Ben, nice work. I can’t find a chart offset function in the menu of my A78 MFD? My tracks, imported from my old A50, still show me on land in many of the remote islands off the West coast of sumatra. Is there a solution in lighthouse II, I have updated the software on my A78 MFD and using navionics gold latest chart and updates for south china seas, Indonesia and India.
    The Raymarine rep in Perth could not find any chart offset function either. It worked great in the A50, the rep said it was unsafe to use it as you may forget to switch it off, but it unnerving to be following a track and sailing over land on the chart!
    Cheers from Keith.

  3. SaffyThePook says:

    You’re right that in most cases SOG can sub for water speed. The problem is that when it doesn’t (fast currents plus slow boats), it can mislead you quite badly. When I design a system, I always go with the maxim that no information is better than bad information and it sounds like Raymarine does too.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hi Brendan & Saffy, I wish I’d written “True Wind Relative to Water” when describing that gauge because that’s what Ray means. It’s truly a shame that our world is stuck with the term “True Wind” when it has two valid definitions.
    We’ve discussed this at great length on Panbo and I ended up thinking that the term True Wind should be dropped altogether in favor of Water Wind and
    Ground Wind. Then we could all use the sensors we have without getting tripped up by confusing terminology!
    But let’s please not let this thread devolve into another True Wind debate. Please go here instead:

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hi Keith, I don’t see anything about chart offsets in the new a-, c-, e-Series manual, but I tend to agree that it’s a dangerous feature that shouldn’t be needed anymore anyway.
    You can still change GPS datums but that should only be necessary with some paper charts which still haven’t gone to the WGS 84 datum that is universal to electronic charts (I think).

  6. Brendan says:

    Ben and Saffy,
    Fair enough. Those are good points. Even though I’m a regular reader, I wasn’t aware of the “true wind wars”…
    More to the point above, though, the multiple sonar sources thing is nice. I’m in SW Florida (the grounding capital of the world), and when Ray comes out with a forward looking sonar I’m gonna be very interested in adding it. Even 8x current depth (like the Simrad model) would be useful, although I wish it were even more, obviously.

  7. Capt Bill says:

    if you program the speaker zone names into the Fusion700 directly, those labels will show up on the Ray device with the Fusion interface.

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Right you are, Bill, but it’s great to use the touch keyboard on the Garmin to type the names instead of using the rotary knob on the Fusion. Definitely not a big deal, though.

  9. Don Joyce says:

    Can one infer from the acceptance of multiple sonar sources, that multiple “other” sources options such as GPS etc. are just around the corner?

  10. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Don, Raymarine has tried to offer NMEA 2000 (SeaTalNG) source selection for some time, though it’s never worked on Gizmo’s fairly large and many manufacturer network. But, as noted above with that “Select Device” diagnostic screen, it keeps getting better.
    On that mixed, but small network, I can tell the Ray MFD to automatically choose between the Actisense NGW or Vesper XB8000 as a GPS source or manually select one as the source. In my experience, Ray gear has always tolerated multiple sources, simply locking on the one seen first, I think, though unable to tell you which one that is.

  11. Tom says:

    I think Raymarine uses the device with the lowest address claimed. Nobody seems to do source selection anywhere nearly as good as the Navico brands where you can select chosen source for nearly all the data types/categories

  12. keith says:

    Thanks Ben.
    I will contact navionics about the chart source for their areas that show my tracks on land!
    Cheers from Keith.

  13. CME says:

    If you want to know what GPS source the Ray has currently chosen (and currently using) simply goto the system settings and look at the active satellites. Under that graphical display, directly underneath the graphic, it tells you, ie, “Internal GPS, STNG Raystar130”, etc.

  14. I finally got out to SF Bay and the boat, and project #4 was to update the firmware in my Raymarine system, starting with Lighthouse II in the e95.
    Naturally, I discovered 9.45 was out AFTER I spent forever loading 9.40 onto the mSD card.. with a type 4 card, it takes a while!
    Loaded it up, then loaded 3 sets of NOAA raster and vector charts onto a 32 GB card (which took even longer).
    Everything worked, amazingly enough – though I wasn’t pleased that the NOAA charts stop showing bouys at my favorite level of wide zoom. They do have the channel markers at Emeryville in the right place, however.:-) Navonics has them significantly out of place.

  15. FWIW, RayMarine informed me today that version/Release 10 is out for Lighthouse II. It seems to involve sounder stuff (which doesn’t apply to me) and requires that the sounder firmware (if you have one) be updated first. The web site is so insistent about it, I have to think that updating your MFD without doing the sounder first will probably fail in some spectacular fashion..:-)
    Something else to do next time in San Fran…

  16. Bill Lentz says:

    Perhaps off topic has anyone tried the Garmin Meteor audio system? It sure reminds me of my FUSION?
    Bill Lentz
    Wireless Too
    1976 Gulfstar 36 MKII trawler
    Middle River, Md.
    Wireless One
    1993 Mainship 40SB
    Little Egg, NJ

  17. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Bill, I haven’t tried Meteor but I suspect that the interface looks very much like Garmin FusionLink, which is quite nice and detailed here:
    In fact, Fusion definitely builds the Meteor for Garmin, and Garmin just acquired Fusion! Please see recent comment and link at end of that Garmin Fusion entry.

  18. Bill Lentz says:

    Ben, and all I my Garmin Meteor system just arrived. I’ll report on it after it gets installed in my new to me Gulfstar trawler.
    I have also been beta testing the new Wave EC N MIMO product. I’ll report on that soon as well.
    Bill Lentz
    Wireless Too
    1976 36 Gulfstar trawler

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