New Raymarine a9, a12 & gS19 — aboard the mighty Raymariner

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.

9 Responses

  1. Ben, do I sense some of that enthusiasm for their test vessel rubbing off on Gizmo soon? 🙂
    Second question – that looks like a really powerful GPS in the new aXX series – any chance it will be available for retrofit into my olde e95 (which has had some “lost fix” moments, even though it’s high up in the center cockpit of Atsa)? I’ve also discovered it using the GPS input from the AIS650 a few times because the internal one wouldn’t come up fast enuff, I guess. And I can’t tell it to prefer the internal GPS because I have a Seatalk1-to-Seatalkng converter in my system..:-(

  2. Kees says:

    Gizmo Squared, that Raymariner is. But a bit overkill for a one-man boat. Still maybe a moon pool would be a good addition?

  3. paul shard paul shard says:

    We filmed aboard the Raymariner in Portsmouth 4 years ago for our television series Distant Shores and were very impressed with the whole Raymarine testing development system. Sounds like you were impressed too! Also we were impressed with the product testing facility with freezing/heating spraying etc!
    Glad you enjoyed your visit Ben,
    Paul Shard
    Producer – Distant Shores

  4. Allan Seymour says:

    Ben, HD SDI is a professional uncompressed video signal. It is used in high end video production. Totally no loss.
    I did just install Garmin GPX 19, 7 FT accuracy!
    Also got the Actisense EMU and GMI to display all four of Sally W’s fuel tank at once. The GMI is actually amazing, whatever you throw at it it try’s to display automatically.
    I try but will never catch up to the Panbo. I thought that’s what you were showing us from the UK.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Allan. I’ve got to see how you set up those tanks; prepare for geek inspection 😉
    Paul, I agree about Raymarine’s environmental testing facilities; looked like first class tools operated by experts. That will be part of a future entry.
    Hartley, the people I met in England were very chatty…except when it came to future products. That’s when they tended to say, “Raymarine is always innovating” period.
    But it seems like all the manufacturers are migrating to 10hz GPS/GLONASS etc. chips so a new standalone RayStar wouldn’t be a big surprise, would it?
    But I’m liking the internal GPS with optional external antenna model. Then you’ve still got a working chartplotter if the antenna or the N2K network fails, and even inside a vessel like Raymariner (because these new generation receivers are very sensitive).
    Incidentally, Garmin offers similar 10Hz GLONASS GPS with optional external antenna in at least the 7×1 models but strangely does not permit the user to turn off the internal GPS or use GPS from the N2K network.

  6. Hi Ben, I’m not likely to install yet another GPS mushroom – but it would be nice to have a higher-performance GPS inside the year-old unit I have..:-)
    Something I have noticed is that if I turn on the network and AIS-650 (which is what I do when I’m living aboard working, but not intending to sail), when I do turn on the e95, it sees the GPS info from the AIS-650 on the Seatalkng buss before it’s own GPS comes up – and sometimes decides to prefer that to it’s internal GPS. If I then turn off the AIS for a bit, it reverts to the internal one. The fact that I cannot tell it which one I want it to use is annoying, but I suppose not a big deal (unless I leave a metal bucket setting on top of the AIS-650 GPS antenna!).

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I agree, Hartley. While it’s nice that your e95 MFD can use your AIS GPS as a backup (though many MFDs won’t see AIS GPS as valid), the e95’s internal GPS should be first choice when available.
    I’m surprised that you can not access the source choice feature in LightHouse r10, as it’s worked for me in the lab and on the boat with fairly complex N2K networks. But it would be even better if the default auto choice mode picked the fastest, most accurate GPS available on the network, not just the first one it sees.

  8. Ben, if you have a Seatalk1-Seatalkng adapter in your system, you have no control over data sources..:-( Sure wish Ray would uplift the firmware in that device..

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The wind was so light that more than half the boats did not finish, but an amazing 1,584 sailboats started the annual race around the Isle of Wight:

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