New Raymarine a-Series, all touch and highly connected

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.

11 Responses

  1. Curt says:

    Wow, I have to imagine that means we will get the Fusion control on the e series too! I am just about to install the Fusion remote on my bridge (radio is in the salon), would love to not have to!
    Time to start checking out all of Raymarines europe websites, they seem to know first!

  2. Sandy Daugherty says:

    “Stodgy Old” Raymarine and “Brash New” Garmin have swapped roles.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Curt, judging from how little Raymarine made of “Full control of the Fusion 700 Series”, I think it’s going to be a while. Also the a-Series won’t be available until October, as I just added in a PS.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I want to note that not everyone is happy with how fast Raymarine is reinventing its systems. Ace marine electronics installer RC of Compass Marine put up quite a strong post on the forum about this:
    I’m exploring his specific gripe about how Ray gear will no longer do radar overlay without heading input, but note also his displeasure with the extras required as Ray’s new gear drops plain old SeaTalk in favor of STng/N2K. I think the transition makes sense, but also sympathize particularly with folks who bought C- and E-Wides. Those MFDs did not have a long run.

  5. richardb says:

    What is interesting about this announcement is the potential for a high end bigger screen version of the i70 instrument, which shares the same software as the i70 and the e70. My bridge helm currently, has one large MFD and two ST70’s.
    I would love to upgrade it with a large screen e-70, and two small instrument i70 sized MFDs which can display network radar, AIS, fishfinder an also windspeed/depth as good as the st70/i70 instruments.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I was thinking the same thing, Richard. The e7 instrument page is already designed so that you can swipe up and down to get different (customizable) data displays…so I’d expect we’ll see that on the a-Series as well.
    So if Ray can add some code that would disappear the top home/data/menu bar until the screen is touched again (Windows toolbar style), the a-Series, or even the bigger guys, could look quite like a super-size i70 (with many extra benefits). And whereas all-in-one instrument displays seem to cost more per square screen inch than small MFDs, it could be a good deal too.

  7. Whynot says:

    >they do offer “video over IP”
    About freaking damn time this starts hitting marine MFDs!!!
    Still having to rely so much upon analog cameras is a pure shame.

  8. graham says:

    Wow, this is great, amazing size and really love the look of it, small but strong looking – Well done Raymarine, a real transformation from were you where a few years ago.
    Been thinking about a small repeater screen below deck. I think this will be added to the shopping list when we get the new Ray E95 fitted over winter.
    Roll on winter!

  9. Labozza says:

    I read the post by the Compass Marine technician, as well as all responses. I would place this in the forum, but lost my password and forgot my username ten minutes after I signed up when it first was launched…
    {comment moved to forum: }
    …Thank you Raymarine for requiring heading for overlay, people will be safer now. Back on topic, very nice new display, especially considering the full networking capability and processing power, but wary of the all-touch interface. Looking forward to maybe getting a peak at NMEA-Con.

  10. Steve Johnson says:

    I’ve been selling Raymarine for a long time. They make awesome products. How come they don’t have the fortitude to announce pricing? How am I supposed to sell it? Any Idea when they’ll figure it out? Whiskey tango foxtrot?

  11. Don Joyce says:

    Has anyone seen the pricing yet? End of October seems like they expect these to be under the XMas tree.

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