Join Date: Dec 2012
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Re: Next generation Raymarine pilots
Be careful. Be very, very careful..........Think this true for RM,G, B+G etc.
Blew a ton of hard earned money on Raymarine for the new boat. Problem is the company farms out their warranty service to regional reps. If you haven't bought the stuff from the house that is designated as the warranty rep. they potentially feel little obligation to help you out creating a potential horror show. Their products are excellent but in my opinion they try to put new stuff out as quickly as possible. This means there is a increased chance they haven't worked out the software bugs and may not until months/years have passed. They are good about updates but it's a PIA to keep tract when updates are available and downloading them and sticking them in.
As regards their autopilots, they're good but wonder if the weak link is the rudder angle sensor. If going offshore with either long arm or short arm system would give thought to buying extra arm and rudder angle sensor to take along. Rest of prior system pretty strong once software bugs worked out.
As regards new system- if I was in the market would wait until enough in the field to know it was good.