[Sentoa] Raymarine vs Furuno vs...

Jim Waskowich gybetalk at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 6 10:58:07 EDT 2006

Curious as to the features that would give Furuno the
edge.  I guess until I read your comment that I
wouldn't have put Furuno on the top of a list for an
integrated electronics suite.  Radar yes, but the
other is a bit of a surprise.

I had the impression Ray was leading the pack on
integration.  Maybe you hear more comments on Ray
because so many more boats have that installation? 
Donno... they do seem like the 900 pound gorilla from
what I've seen.  I think a lot of boat dealers go that
way as well - one stop shopping makes a lot of sense
from that perspective.

--- Steve Weiser <s.weiser at comcast.net> wrote:

> From: Steve Weiser <s.weiser at comcast.net>
> Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 21:52:00 -0700
> To: sentoa at lists.samurai.com
> Subject: Re: [Sentoa] Sentoa Digest, Vol 40, Issue 5
> I second the comment about Furuno being preferred
> over Raymarine.   
> I've heard too many stories about Raymarine
> problems, and I think  
> their customer service is weak at best.  If I were
> commissioning all  
> over again,  I would not install anything Raymarine.
> Our C120 problems were solved by replacing the GPS
> unit.  Make sure  
> you have, or get, the Raystar 125, not the Raystar
> 120.  Of course,  
> Raymarine never notified registered owners that the
> 120 GPS unit was/ 
> is suspect.   Why do we send in the registration
> cards like  
> programmed cyborgs?  We think we're going to get
> some benefit, or  
> some benign care from the company.  Instead, we get
> nothing unless we  
> pursue it relentlessly.
> Steve Weiser
> Nordic Tug 37 #114
> Alameda, Calif.
> Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2006 08:32:17 -0700
> From: Rich Losch <rich at richardloschinc.com>
> Subject: Re: [Sentoa] Raymarine E120 Problems?
> To: sentoa at lists.samurai.com, "Jeff Morris"
> <morris at novuscom.net>
> Message-ID: <4523D401.9000004 at richardloschinc.com>
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> Hi Jeff,
> I had several problems with my Raymarine "suite" of
> electronics in 2002
> when we purchased Sea Racer new.  I believe they are
> the "C" generation
> before the E-series.   Being relatively new product
> at that time, the
> different linked-together components weren't all on
> the same page.
> The Sonar Display, GPS, and the Autopilot went back
> to the factory for
> hardware (board) changes, and my electronics guy
> brought the software in
> all of the units to the same and latest rev 4.1.  It
> took a year of
> messin' around.
> But since then, except for random shutdowns of the
> GPS unit, everything
> plays together as an excellent and valuable
> navigation tool.  Even so, I
> think I'll go with Furuno on my next boat.
> Check the Raymarine website for the latest fixes and
> software revisions,
> and compare to your software revision when your
> units boot up.
> Rich Losch
> SEA RACER  NT 42-041
> Anacortes

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