Raymarine ST70, looks hot!

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.

4 Responses

  1. Dan (b393capt) says:

    In appearance … this is a huge improvement over the ST60 Graphic I intensely desire to replace.
    I can see myself eventually replacing all the displays.
    When I see the documentation, I will first be looking to find out:
    1. Power requirements
    2. Will it be entirely compatible with the Maretron weather station and compass, or, do you still need to by a Maretron N2k display to get full functionality.
    3. Is the software field upgradable, say from a small memory chip as the E-series is.
    4. And … can you map new sentances from N2K to display in subwindows on the ST70, information that is published from your PC. Wouldn’t that be a bonus, if you can for example compute the target VMG on your PC and have that appear on the ST70 based on true wind.

  2. Eliboat says:

    Looks like they have been eying Navman’s interface for a while, particularly with their autohelm unit. Definitely an improvement over what it replaces. B393capt…I know you can forward unique sentences to an ST60, so I would hope that this functionality will be continued. I worked this out a couple of years ago for doing exactly what you are interested in (target VMG). As you are probably well aware, receiving polar based data from your laptop is quite a bit cheaper than purchasing an Ockam or B&G system.

  3. Dan (b393capt) says:

    Ben … Can you check out the ST70 autopilot -10 -1 +1 +10 buttons ? It almost appears that -1, -10, and “cancel” share the same physical button movement / contact underneath, e.g. the difference between -1 and -10 isn’t where you press, but maybe that you hold it down to differentiate between -1 and -10 ? Or, maybe you have to push the dodge button first to get -10, If so, I see this as a big negative, just as I commented on for Garmin.
    Your thoughts ?

  4. Kees says:

    I learned from someone at the Raymarine booth at METS that the ST70 is field-upgradeable if it has a connection to an new Raymarine chartplotter (like the E-series); it basically works the same way as the update for the E-series itself.

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