Raymarine A-Series, hands on #1

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.

8 Responses

  1. Benoit says:

    I’ve also tested in my shop the A-serie 70 with Garmin GWS10 and I wondered why it didn’t work (pressure and temp). I’ve my response. I have asked for an update but it’s not yet avalaible.
    I tested a Lowrance EP60R too but without no success. I’m glad to learn that a simulating module exist, i’ve looked for it during weeks, NAVICO France said me it not existed. We can expect that Lowrance Suzuki interface worked with Raymarine série A so. Good news.
    Good point concerning NMEA2k informations menu, by sensor it’s better.

  2. Kees says:

    It probably doesn’t matter much for you power boaters, but as a sailor I’d appreciate knowing how much power the stuff that you test draws. (OK, I know that’s a personal pet subject but I can’t be the only one!)
    It used to be that the only power you’d use for more than a few hours a day on a sailboat was the tricolor light during the night, but now with fridges, autopilots etc. we don’t need a range of displays all eating Watts left and right. It soon adds up. Just look at the discussions on Ray C-Wide and Furuno FI-50’s.
    Something like: so many (m)A at so many V, on with minimal backlighting (or even off), on with max backlighting, on with backlighting usable in the lab.

  3. Benoit says:

    Here with an Airmar DST and the Garmin GWS10, it consume 0.9A with full light, 0.7A with no light, at 14.2VDC.

  4. Benoit says:

    Ben, i don’t know where contact you directly. Can you give me a picture or part number of the “Lowrance N2K test module that simulates a Suzuki outboard” ? I want this things for french press and Lowrance in France don’t know it. Thks in advance.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Benoit, the Lowrance engine is simulator is not a product, just an in-house testing tool they were kind enough to let me use. It looks like their EP style sensor modules, only without any connections except N2K.

  6. Jim Hebert Jim Hebert says:

    Do these new A-series units retain the feature of older models which permits the user to store screen captures to a user memory card?
    If they do do they also write a companion meta-data file for each image?

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Jim, The A-Series does have a screen capture feature, and it’s right on the main menu (since there is no “Data” button). It works fine for capturing regular navigation screens but can not capture screens with other menus or dialog boxes present because you have to get to the main menu to activate it. As seen above, it also doesn’t capture the soft key labels. And there no meta-data files for the images.

  8. Chris says:

    I own a Suzuki DF70A and I just ordered a Raymarine A57D.
    My intentions are to couple the DF70A to my A57D.
    I did some research, but with no result.
    Can sombody of you subject matter experts help me out with following questions:
    1. What components (cables, interface, … ) do I need and where can I order them?
    2. Does anyone have any schematics or instructions?
    At Raymarine they refer to the engine manufacturer for info. But on no site of Suzuki it’s possible to post technical questions.
    I can’t ask for advice from a suzuki dealer becouse I bought the A57D via the Internet.
    I hope someone can help me out.
    Thanks in advance.

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