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Raymarine.....would you buy them now?

Hello, I have been window shopping for the X-5 autopilot and ST-60 sailing package for a while mainly due to price! I wonder if I should buy a set now @ $2400 for both or should scrap the idea considering they are about to tank as a company?


I currently have the OE equip Datamarine goods on my C-30 and a autohelm 4000 wheel pilot. Would you reccomend a changeout for newer or repair what I have AKA a working AH 4000 and working DM except the wind which tells speed but no direction (I understand these are rebuildable).

I want the slim new look to the Raymarine and the coupling of wind+autopilot too

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Now If I could only stay away from working on the damn things I could sail more!
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We were just about to outfit our cruising boat with a full suite of raymarine,... but there is no way we are going to lay out that kind of money for a product whose stock lost 70% last weekend. I can't imagine what they would have to do or say that would make me change my mind.

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I have Raymarine/ Raytheon instruments, autopilot on both my CAl 9.2 and Santana525. I've had to return the St50 speed for not working when it got cold, ~35f and it was repaired out of warranty for free(yrs ago). Service is an issue that should be considered, replacement parts also if service is not available. I checked the yahoo site to find out what was happening, Raymarine appears to be debt ladened, broke off talks with Garman, stock price fell, a little rebound today. When the economy tanked, they tanked and their stock did not recover. I hope that they will be able to restructure and continue, I like their products. In the mean time, I'l shop for extra instruments to have spares on hand....

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I have Raymarine/ Raytheon instruments, autopilot on both my CAl 9.2 and Santana525. I've had to return the St50 speed for not working when it got cold, ~35f and it was repaired out of warranty for free(yrs ago). Service is an issue that should be considered, replacement parts also if service is not available. I checked the yahoo site to find out what was happening, Raymarine appears to be debt ladened, broke off talks with Garman, stock price fell, a little rebound today. When the economy tanked, they tanked and their stock did not recover. I hope that they will be able to restructure and continue, I like their products. In the mean time, I'l shop for extra instruments to have spares on hand....

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I guess one of my concerns is wether or not the product will last for 5 or so years? I will sell the ole gal by then and just dont want to be stuck with inop irrepairable parts.....

I love to sail, coming from a Swordboat capt's loin one would think I'd of caught the bug long before now! Oh well, this ones for you Bisque...(My Father may he RIP)

Now If I could only stay away from working on the damn things I could sail more!
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My concern as well - as I am in the market for new cockpit instruments. Depth, speed, chartplotter and an autopilot. But I don't see any complete options out there unless you have many $1k's to spend. Is Garmin really becoming a major player where Ray has dominated? Would it be wise to build a system around Raymarine or Garmin or look elsewhere?
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I have a garmin gps that interfaces well with ray. pilot.Think almost anything reasonable new talks to each other.Furno used to be real choosy.marc
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I think hand held chart plotters are the way to go. No chance of lightning damage, and the garmins have held up well for me.
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Handhelds are just as prone to lightning damage UNLESS you happen to store it in a closed oven or pressure cooker during the lightning storm. Just cause it isn't connected to the 12 VDC electrical system doesn't mean that lightning can't fry it.

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I think hand held chart plotters are the way to go. No chance of lightning damage, and the garmins have held up well for me.

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I agree they can get fried in a hit, but I was thinking about the boats that get a side-shock from a nearby strike at the dock and loose everything that's wired in, leaving only their hand held undamaged.
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