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Old 26-10-2009, 07:59   #1
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Remote Monitor for Chartplotter


I have a Raymarine E80 fitted at the nav station, and was looking at the possibility of hooking up a remote monitor to be used at the helm. Of course, Raymarine sell a monitor for this purpose but at a silly price.
Looking for something cheap, 10 to 12 inch screen, 12V DC, robust, and preferably waterproof, (or could be made water proof
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Have you considered putting the E80 at the helm, since it's already designed for outdoor use, and running an ethernet cable from a Seatalk HS network switch (which you probably already have, if you have several devices feeding your E-80) to the nav station, where you can use a laptop PC. If you are getting radar, AIS, GPS at the E80, you should be able to also display these at the helm.

I haven't used Raymarine's Raytech software, but according to their website it's fully compatible with the E series.

Raymarine Marine Electronics - RayTech RNS v6.1 (Full Version)

It looks expensive, but may be cheaper than another display from Raymarine.

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We have an E80 at the helm and it's great (but not cheap). I saw one boat where they had an outside mount and could move their E80 from the nav station to the outside under a dodger.

I have used the Raytech software to plan a trip and then transfered that route into our E120. It worked fine but I find I now usually just plan our routes on the E120 at the nav station.
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Option 1) - out VGA to any LCD you like,

Option 2) - via RayTech. Cost +/- (500USD + laptop price).

A lovely 17'' LCD costs ca. 150 USD here (EU), probably way cheaper in the US.
So the LCD way seems cheaper even if you need to buy a power source for it.

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