Raymarine E-Series V4, tons’o’freebies
If you own a Raymarine E-Series MFD, you are about to get a lot of free new features—and some new accessory shopping possibilities!—thanks to a V4 software update coming this month or next. The screen above shows the new “steering bar” as well as support for Navionics Platinum+ chart cards and—bigger here—their much improved photo and 3D resolution, even if the docks are on the Cape while the banks are in the Bahamas (for more on Platinum+ check out this video).
You will also be able to set a “depth plane” to highlight dangerous or fishy contours in the 3D mode, a feature I saw and liked on a G-Series demo. Plus the neat Sirius Audio features added to the C-Series last year will now be available in the E (and Sirius Weather, by the way, just went down to a single $30/month-for-everything subscription). V4 will also have NMEA 2000 graphical trim tab and engine tilt displays, and even limited autopilot control (seen below). And it will support Ray’s new HD and Super HD radar, even dual scanners, and also the monster DSM400 3kW, four channel fishfinder just coming out. There’s lots more, like real time tide and current icons on your E charts, and “data units that automatically change to suit the range.” The press release is here, and better yet you can download the PDF brochure here. I’ve also heard that there are some weather bug fixes included in this new software, and likely many other tweaks, as is normal these days with marine electronics firmware updates. But I don’t recall an update that included this many feature improvements. I look forward to trying V4 in the lab, and I imagine many E owners will be pleased. (Along with new E customers, who just got some rebate encouragement.)