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How does the AXIOM+ stack up?
Today, I’m diving into the new AXIOM+ 12, looking at the new features, specifications and getting a few thoughts from some who are using them.
So, what’s new? In short, the screen is brighter by 25%, the resolution is better, the GPS is faster, it includes more internal memory and the screen is tougher. The new nano-coated display provides better impact resistance, repels water and oils, and enables accurate touch control in all conditions.
The Raymarine AXIOM+ 12 – Is the next version in the Axiom series for 2020. It’s a powerful feature-packed multifunction, fishfinder/chartplotter with an exceptionally clear touchscreen and a built-in upgraded 10Hz GPS receiver.
With a 12″ High-Density IPS LCD all-glass display, a brightness rating of 1800 nits, the screen is super bright and the viewing angle is very good a 88° at all angles. The powerful quad-core processor and the new LightHouse 3 operating system make the system easy to use and fast.
With Raymarine’s new HydroTough, nano-coated display, you get better impact resistance and a screen that repels water and oil that enables accurate touch control in all types of conditions.
Maps and charting include support for a wide range of options including Raymarine Lighthouse Charts, Navionics, and C-MAP charting.
The 4 channel sonar supports RealVision 3D, CHIRP DownVision, CHIRP SideVison, and a High-frequency CHIRP Sonar. Transducer options include an all-in-one transom mount and several thru-hull versions.
The Axiom+ is fully networked capable and is easily able to connect to a range of other onboard systems like radar, instrumentation, autopilot, video cameras, thermal cameras, marine radio, and additional NMEA2000 and SeaTalkng compatible devices.
Standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allow connection to the latest Raymarine apps for tablets and smartphones. WIFi is also used to connect to the Quantum Radar. This model can even fly a DJI Mavic Drone.
There are 2 versions available.
1. AXIOM+ 12 – Chartplotter only
2. AXIOM+ 12 RV – CHIRP Sonar | DownVison | SideVision | RealVision 3D
Chartplotter/MFD | Built-in REALVISION 3D
The Raymarine AXIOM+ comes in 3 screen sizes, 7″, 9″, and 12″, and has mostly the same features, options, and connections.
The 12″ changes it up just a bit with a little better resolution screen, a slightly better viewing angle and it’s a little bit brighter over the 7″ & 9″.
How is the AXIOM+ 12 different from the ELEMENT 12 HV?
Axiom+ units are high-performance full multifunction network chartplotters and the Element series is designed more as a standalone unit for fishing. The Element HV includes 1.2 megahertz HyperVision that definitely takes inland and coastal sonar to a new level.
Here are some of the main differences:
|AXIOM+ 12||ELEMENT 12 HV|
|Touch ~ Control||KeyPad ~ Control|
|88° Viewing Angle||89° Viewing Angle|
|LightHouse 3 OS||LightHouse Sport OS|
|1280 x 800 (WXGA)||1280 x 800 WXGA|
|1800 Nits Bright||1500 Nits Bright|
|Power ~ 20 Watts||Power ~ 25 Watts|
|RealVision 3D||Realvision 3D|
|Powerful MFD||Excellent Fishfinder/Chartplotter|
|Thermal Camera Support||NA|
|Video – Up to 10||NA|
|16GB Memory||8GB Memory|
|10,000 Waypoints||5,000 Waypoints|
|150 Routes||50 Routes|
|16 Tracks||15 Tracks|
|More Radar Options||Quantum WiFi Only|
|More Available Apps|
AXIOM+ SideVision vs ELEMENT HyperVision
The top Image is the AXIOM+ and the bottom is the ELEMENT HV. The AXIOM+ is good but the ELEMENT has quite a bit more detail.
Most of the features are the same, however, the AXIOM+ received several nice enhancements, like a better screen, more memory, a faster GPS and the processor has been enhanced some…
Here are some of the differences side by side:
|AXIOM 12||AXIOM+ 12|
|1280×800~WXGA||1280 x 800~WXGA|
|Optically Bonded LCD||HydroTough LCD|
|1200 Nits Bright||1800 Nits Bright|
|88° Viewing Angle||88° Viewing Angle|
|4GB Memory||16GB Memory|
|Power ~ 20 Watts||Power ~ 20 Watts|
|NMEA 0183 – w. adapter||No|
|Quadcore Processor||Faster Quadcore|
The LightHouse 3 – operating system is designed to give you feature control using Apps. The environment and functions are very similar to how we are using our smartphones like tap, swipe, pinch, and zoom.
Feature Apps are opened from app page icons available on the Homescreen. Additional Apps are added as additional devices are added to the network like an autopilot or a thermal camera. Multiple apps can be displayed simultaneously by creating custom split-screen app pages.
LightHouse 3 software – You can get the latest updates and see new release features for Lighthouse 3 here.
1. GNSS position/fix details.
2. Profile – Select to change/add the profiles.
3. External devices and system time – Bluetooth settings, Disengage autopilot.
4. App page icons – Opens MFD app page. Left and Right arrows cycles through Homescreen pages
5. Settings and data — Access to the Settings, Alarms, Apps, MOB, and My data.
Charting App – This app displays Mapping information from your chart cards and is used with a GNSS receiver to plot your position and show navigation info. It can be used to mark Waypoints, build and navigate Routes and keep a record of your track.
The Chart App can be displayed on both fullscreen and split-screen app pages. It also provides preset modes that can be used to quickly set up the Chart app for your intended use. Here are the 4 modes.
SIMPLE – Chart detail is suppressed to provide a clearer, simpler view for navigation
DETAILED – Detailed is the default mode. Full chart detail and menu options are available.
FISHING CHART – Fishing mode optimizes the Chart app for fishing and if supported by your selected cartography, displays more detailed contour lines.
WEATHER – Weather mode is available when the MFD is connected to a compatible Weather receiver like the (SR200). Weather mode allows you to overlay weather data directly on the chart and view animated weather graphics or read weather reports.
2. Your Track
3. Vessel icon
4. Wind indicator – direction and speed (Wind transducer required).
5. Route – Route using Waypoints to mark each route leg.
6. Destination waypoint During a Goto.
7. Heading line – During Navigation to a waypoint
8. COG line- Course over Ground
9. Tide indicator – Set and Drift indicators.
10. Chart range or Scale
11. Range rings – Provides a distance indication around your vessel at set intervals.
12. Sidebar – System data that can be viewed in all apps.
Sonar App – The Sonar app accesses Traditional, CHIRP, DownVision, SideVision, and RealVision 3D sonar modules and transducers. Sonar modules can be an internal or external black box. See details below – Sonar Support.
Radar App – The Radar app displays the connected Radar scanner. Up to 2 Radar scanners can be connected at the same time, however, only 1 Radar in a system can be a Quantum Radar. See details below – Radar Support.
Dashboard App – The Dashboard app enables you to view system data from devices connected to you via SeaTalkng / NMEA 2000 and the SeaTalkhs network. The Dashboard app can also be configured to provide control of your compatible Digital Switching devices.
Video app – IP digital video feeds can be viewed, recorded, and played back using the Video app. Video feeds include CCTV cameras and Thermal imaging cameras, DVD players, etc.
Up to 4 video feeds can be displayed simultaneously when using a split-screen app page. Analog video feeds appear to only be supported on Axiom Pro, however, it may be possible to view analog video feeds from other sources using a suitable third-party analog-to-IP video converter.
DRONE / UAV App – Now this is a cool one. Axiom+ MFDs include the UAV / Drone app, developed with DJI which enables you to fly and control a DJI Mavic Pro or Mavic Pro Platinum using the AXIOM+ touchscreen.
Note: I have heard that a future feature release of this App could include support for the Mavic Mini. See the software update link below for new feature updates.
You get auxiliary remote controls, settings, video display, and flight data for your connected drone.
1. Record – Start recording video feed the drone memory card.
2. Take a photo – Take a video screenshot. The image is saved to the drone memory card.
3. Menu – Opens the UAV app menu.
4. Gimbal pitch control – Adjusts camera gimbal.
5. Flight data – Distance, Speed, and Height data is displayed onscreen.
6. Controls – Access to the onscreen virtual joystick controls.
7. Status area – Signal strength | Battery Level | Flight Time | GPS fix.
8. Virtual joystick – Up, Down, Left, and Right turn controls.
9. Virtual joystick – Forward, Backward, Left, and Right move controls.
Drones and MFDs have a one-to-one relationship, meaning that you can only control a drone from the MFD that it is physically connected to however on a network, each MFD can be connected to a different UAV.
The AXIOM+ Drone app is compatible with the following DJI models:
Note: The LightHouse UAV app doesn’t currently support Spark, Mavic Air, Mavic Mini, or the new Mini 2. Check here to see the added features in the latest version of the LightHouse 3. When additional DJI models are added I would expect them to show up here first.
Third-party apps are developed by 3rd parties and approved by Raymarine. These apps are available from the LightHouse app launcher found on the Homescreen.
They run features like Netflix, Seakeeper, GRIB Weather, Digital Switching, and Spotify.
Networking includes Raynet Ethernet, NMEA2000, WiFi, and BlueTooth.
You can connect multiple displays or expand with Quantum, HD radar, IP cameras, engine gauges, autopilots, additional instrumentation, and even a DJI Mavic drone.
Here’s a partial list of additional compatible devices:
Wi-Fi – 802.11 b / g / n
1. RayRemote – Gives you remote control of your MFD from your mobile device.
2. RayView – Stream or mirror your MFD screen directly to your tablet or smartphone.
3. RayControl – Good for tablets: 2-way control between your MFD and tablet.
These apps are available through the Google Play Store and Apple Itunes.
Bluetooth connectivity – for connection to the latest Raymarine apps for tablets, smartphones, and connection to Bluetooth speakers for audio.
SeaTalk ng | NMEA 2000 – is an interconnection bus for Raymarine products. Small diameter cable connectors are used throughout the system to make installation easier. It’s Raymarine’s proprietary cable system for use in NMEA 2000 networks.
Their design provides two advantages. First, the connector collars are retained which allows for a smaller cable diameter making installations easier. More importantly, the cable can include a sixth wire which allows for backward compatibility with SeaTalk1 equipment.
There’s a wide range of cable lengths, all with over-moulded plugs, so there is no need to cut or splice cables. Spur cables connect individual SeaTalkng products to the SeaTalkng backbone.
Here’s an example SeaTalkng system. Connection to a network provides the display with data from other connected devices.
1. EV-1 heading sensor.
2. RS150 GNSS receiver.
3. Wind vane transducer.
4. SeaTalkng ® spur cables.
5. iTC-5 converter.
6. SeaTalkng ® 5-way connector block.
7. DeviceNet to SeaTalkng ® adaptor cable.
8. DeviceNet connection on display’s power / NMEA 2000 cable.
10. AXIOM+ display
11. SeaTalkng/NMEA 2000 VHF DSC Radio (GPS/GNSS position data)
12. DeviceNet connection to vessel’s engine management system.
14. SeaTalkng ® power cable (connects to vessel’s 12 V dc power supply).
15. SeaTalkng ® backbone cables.
Here is a list of some additional NMEA2000 items that can be added for additional functionality.
► EV-1 | EV-2 Heading sensor – enables vessel heading data to be available, regardless of vessel movement.
► Evolution™ autopilot system – Evolution autopilot enables navigation data to be sent to a compatible autopilot controller.
► VHF radio – Provides position data to a compatible VHF radio.
► RS150 GNSS receiver – Connecting an external GNSS/GPS receiver can provide more accurate position tracking. If the internal antenna is being blocked.
► AIS700 / AIS650 / AIS350 – Connecting compatible AIS hardware allows AIS targets to be tracked in the chart app.
► iTC-5 – Analog transducers connected via an iTC-5 enable the display of transducer sensor data (depth, speed, wind, water temperature, etc.) in databoxes and the dashboard app.
► Airmar NMEA 2000 smart sensors – Connecting an Airmar smart sensor transducer such as an ST800 smart TRIDUCER Multisensor that offers the depth, speed, and temperature or the P79 depth dual-frequency, depth only unit can add additional sonar capability.
This image is the RealVision model which has a 25 pin transducer plug. The Navigation only model doesn’t have a transducer plug.
Network connection – Connects to RayNet network or another device.
Accessory connection – USB can connect to Remote Card Reader, viewing screenshots or images.
Power / NMEA 2000 connection – Connects to 12 V DC power supply / NMEA 2000 or SeaTalkng backbone.
1- MicroSD – Charts & Updates
Optional Ground – Connects to Vessel RF ground or negative battery terminal.
Sonar / Transducer – Connection – RV = 25 Pin
Sonar capabilities – It comes with built-in DownVision, SideVision, and Raymarine RealVision 3D sonar. The unit also includes a built-in Single-channel High CHIRP sonar.
Here are some examples of what you can expect from the different sonar channels. Keep in mind though that these sonar images are in near-perfect conditions.
The conical beam fishfinder channel provides a traditional scrolling 2D view at 50/200kHz. It’s not very powerful at 200 watts but does have a maximum depth range of about 900′.
CHIRP DownVision delivers a photo-like view of the area below, allowing you to see the bottom structure with excellent detail and simultaneously target fish.
DownVision uses 350kHz and is good to about 600′ at 600 Watts of power.
CHIRP SideVision sonar expands the underwater view side to side. SideVision is especially good when searching for structure or looking for bait as it lets you cover a larger area in one pass.
SideVision Standard uses 350kHz and is good to about 300′ out each side at 600 Watts of total power.
RealVision 3D gives us the ability to see what’s below, behind, and to the sides of the boat, all at once and in three dimensions. RealVision 3D displays the entire underwater world, including structure, cover, fish, and reef. Pan, tilt and zoom the 3D image to examine the area from any angle.
RealVision 3D Standard uses 350kHz and has a range of about 300′
The All-in-One RealVision 3D Transducer combines CHIRP DownVision, CHIRP SideVision, High-Frequency CHIRP, and RealVision 3D into a single transducer housing in either .
Raymarine offers several different transducers for the Axiom+ series in plastic, bronze, and stainless depending on how or where you want to mount it.
► Standard TM-RV-100 transom mount in plastic. (A80464)
► RV-200 3D bronze 0° thru-hull. (A80465)
► RV-212P / TH-RV-212S 3D bronze 12° thru-hull split-pair. (T70318)
► RV-220P / TH-RV-220S 3D bronze 20° thru-hull split-pair. (T70319)
► RV-300 3D plastic 0° thru-hull. (A80470)
► RV-312P / RV-312S 3D plastic 12° thru-hull split-pair. (T70320)
► RV-320P / RV-320S 3D plastic 20° thru-hull split-pair. (T70321)
► RV-400 3D stainless steel 0° thru-hull. (A80615)
► RV-412P / RV-412S 3D stainless steel 12° thru-hull split-pair. (T70450)
► RV-420P / RV-420S 3D stainless steel 20° thru-hull split-pair. (T70451)
SonarChart Live – Create personal contour charts using sonar and the SonarChart Live feature, which is part of the Navionics+. This is a very cool feature when your in an area that lacks chart detail.
When using SonarChart Live, new 1′ contour lines are drawn in real-time on your screen based on your transducer depth readings.
Color shading is used to reflect depth, with dark red signifying the shallowest area. The sonar data is recorded to your cartography card and is shared with Navionics when you update your chart card online.
Compatible Radar – The AXIOM+ 12 display includes Wi-Fi which can be used to connect wirelessly to the following Quantum radar scanners:
• Quantum™ Q24W (E70344) WiFi
• Quantum™ Q24C (E70210) WiFi
• Quantum™ 2 Doppler Q24D (E70498)
The Quantum series of radar is an excellent choice for everything except for searching for birds. It offers several key advantages over traditional magnetron radar-like easy WiFi/MFD connection, small diameter power cable, half the weight, safe emissions, and a very low power consumption rate.
The AXIOM+ is, however, compatible with Digital, HD Color, Super HD Color, and Magnum Radars.
Raymarine Quantum Radar Review – Here is a pretty in-depth review done by Practical Boat a few years ago of the Quantum radar up against the RD418D traditional radar and some additional images next to an open array.
The Radar app allows you to configure a Guard Zone alarm which is triggered when an object is located within the specified guard zone area. The Range rings, the bearing ring, and a VRM/EBL can be used to identify a target’s range and bearing in relation to your vessel.
The Radar app can be displayed in fullscreen and on a split screen. AIS targets can also be displayed and tracked in the Radar app.
Radar modes – The Radar app provides preset modes that can be used to quickly achieve the best picture depending on your current situation. Only radar modes supported by your Radar scanner are shown on the screen. For instance, bird mode isn’t available on the Quantum series.
WEATHER – Weather mode optimizes the display to help identify precipitation, useful for helping determine weather fronts and storm cells.
Radar scanner support: Quantum and Quantum 2 Doppler.
BIRD – Bird mode optimizes the display to help identify flocks of birds, useful when trying to locate a fishing area. Finding birds with radar is more of an art and some fine-tuning may be necessary.
Note Bird Mode only available on – SuperHD Open Array, HD Open Array, and HD Radomes.
OFFSHORE – Offshore mode takes into account high levels of Sea clutter so that targets are still visible, useful when navigating in open water away from the coast.
Radar scanner support: All.
COASTAL – Coastal mode takes into account slightly higher levels of Sea clutter that are encountered out of Harbor areas. This mode is useful when in open water but keeping to coastal areas.
Radar scanner support: All.
BUOY – Buoy mode enhances the detection of smaller targets such as mooring buoys, and is useful at ranges up to 3/4nm.
Radar scanner support: SuperHD Open Array, HD Open Array, and HD Radome.
HARBOR – Harbor mode takes into account land clutter that is typically encountered in a Harbor so that smaller targets are
still visible. This mode is useful when navigating in a Harbor.
Radar scanner support: All.
The AXIOM+ ship’s standard with either no charts, North America LightHouse Charts, North America Navionics+ Charts, or Navionics for Central and South America but has additional charting support for a pretty wide range of charts.
Here is a list of the cartography available thru the Raymarine Chart Store. I’ve included a quick features list for the more popular chart options below.
Waypoints, routes, and tracks may be transferred to the AXIOM+ displays via microSD card using a GPX file produced by a navigational planning application supporting the GPX waypoint/route/track file format.
The unit will store 10,000 waypoints, 200 waypoint groups, 16 Track Logs, and 150 Routes.
Pro Tip: While only 16 tracks may be stored within the MFD’s internal memory, waypoints, routes, and track data may be exported to a microSD card for a bunch more storage capacity. This means you can move stored tracks back and forth as needed. Not ideal but useable.
Here are a few highlights of Navionics Nav+, LightHouse NC2, and CMAP.
Navionics+ is available preloaded on the AXIOM+ 12 and in fully downloadable versions. It offers wide coverage areas around the world but chart updates are subscription-based.
In North America, Navionics+ includes marine and lake charts, all with SonarChart 1ft HD contours, throughout the US and Canada, plus a growing list of more than 22,000 inland lakes.
Navionics charts are excellent with accurate and thorough maps of oceans, lakes, and marine areas. Create your own maps with SonarChart live, sync your waypoints and routes with the Navionics Boating App or get to your next destination with Dock-to-dock auto-routing.
Navionics recently was bought out by Garmin so you do have to wonder how the Raymarine ~ Navionics connection will hold up going forward.
Nautical Charts – Navionics+ is a very robust chart resource that has been trusted by boaters worldwide for a long time.
SonarChart – HD Bathymetry Maps that reflect ever-changing conditions. Build custom contour charts that overlay the Navionics charts.
Community Edits – Localized chart data contributed by the Navionics Community
Raymarine LightHouse Charts is their next generation of electronic charts. A library of digital map products from Raymarine and leading map makers like Standard Mapping and CMOR. It’s an excellent navigation chart option.
The new LightHouse Charts North American nautical chart offers high-quality mapping combined with fishing intelligence from Fishing Hot Spots.
Superior Navigational Charts – Color-shaded bathymetric charts for over 80,000 miles of coastline and 6000 lakes in North America. Displays buoys, hazards, and navigational channels. Includes U.S. Coastal NOAA Tide Stations.
Points of Interest – Marinas, boat ramps, and access points. Fuel docks, parking lots, and restrooms. Campgrounds, parks, and facilities.
Local Fishing Info – Fishing Hot Spots with GPS Coordinates with expert-verified, local fishing tips, submerged structure, and bottom composition, researched water area descriptions, and local waterway intel.
RealBathy Personal Sonar Mapping – Create your own bathymetric charts with live sonar mapping and further improve the accuracy of existing charts. Improved tidal data with RealBathy™ tide offset and account for real-time water levels and local fluctuations.
Excellent Coverage Area (North America) – Contiguous U.S., the Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Bahamas.
See – Raymarine Lighthouse Charts for the latest coverage area.
C-MAP has been the leader in professional and leisure digital nautical charts are well known for accurate
and easy-to-understand chart products, including C-MAP Essentials and 4D-MAX+ premium marine charts.
Feature list for CMAP 4D MAx+ include:
There are 3 mounting options, bracket, surface, and flush mount. Here are the dimensions for each type of installation.
A – 314mm | 12.36″
B – 227mm | 8.93″
C – 76.2mm | 3″
D – 65mm | 2.56″
F – Straight connectors = 178mm | 7″
F – Right-angled connectors = 158 mm | 6.22″
These are for both flush and surface mounting.
A – 314mm | 12.36″
B – 217mm | 8.54″
C – 8mm | .32″
D – 27.05mm | 1.06″
E – 222mm | 8.74″
F – 178mm | 7.01″
G – 19.05mm | .75″
AXIOM+ 12 RV | Adds 3D RV-100 Transducer
Raymarine AXIOM+ 12 | Help & Support
Raymarine Forums – Great source for user info and technical questions
Raymarine AXIOM+ 12 | Software Updates – This also has the software update history to see what features and fixes have been added.
10/29/2020 – The AXIOM+ is pretty new, not too much info from other actual users. Here is what I found.
Raymarine Element HV vs Axiom+ | Very different units
Ben Stein over at PANBO offers his thoughts.
Built-In Sounder | Sonar | RV Model
|Model||Raymarine AXIOM+ 12|
12.36” x 8.54” x 3”
314 x 217 x 77mm
|Display type||WXGA | HydroTough TouchScreen|
|Display resolution||1280x800 pixels|
|Display - Brightness||1800 Nits|
|Power consumption||2.0A | 12V|
|GPS Antenna||Internal or external NMEA 2000|
|GPS Receiver||10 Hz GPS/GLONASS|
|Mounting options||Bracket | Flush | Surface|
|Model||Raymarine AXIOM+ 12|
|Accepts data cards||1 microSD card | up to 2TB|
|Track log||10,000 points; 16 saved tracks|
Raymarine LightHouse Charts
Navionics | C-MAP Essentials
C-MAP 4D MAX+
|Tide Tables||Yes | Navionics or C-MAP|
|Model||Raymarine AXIOM+ 12|
|Radar compatible||Yes | Quantum, Digital, HD Color/ Super HD Color & Magnum|
High CHIRP | 200kHz
|Weather||Yes | SiriusXM | GRIB View|
|Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF||Yes|
|Black Box sonar support||Yes | CP100, CP200, CP370, CP470, CP570|
|Planning Software Compatible||Navionics|
|Remote Input Device - compatible||Yes | RMK-10|
|Model||Raymarine AXIOM+ 12|
High CHIRP | 200W
DownVision/SideVision/RealVision 3D | 600W
|Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable||Yes|
|Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable||No|
|CHIRP sonar technology||200 kHz|
|ClearVü | Down||DownVision 350kHz|
|SideVü | Side||SideVision 350kHz|
|Sonar | Additional||RealVision 3D 350kHz|
|Model||Raymarine AXIOM+ 12|
|NMEA 2000 compatible||Yes|
|NMEA 0183 input ports||No|
|NMEA 0183 output ports||No|
|Marine Network Ports||1|
|Other Ports||Transducer RV=25PIN|
|Model||Raymarine AXIOM+ 12|
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|Additional - 1||Sailing Features|
|Additional - 2||Supports Transom and Thru-hull transducers|
|In The Box||
AXIOM+ 12 | Multifunction Display
Trunnion knobs x 2
Suncover — Trunnion mount
Panel mount gasket for surface/flush mounting
Rear mounting brackets:
M5x58 Threaded studs x 4
M5 Thumb nuts x 4
DeviceNet to SeaTalkng adaptor cable (4.7 in)
Power/NMEA 2000 cable with (4.92 ft) power lead and (1.64 ft) NMEA 2000 lead.
E70639–03 - Includes RealVision™ 3D RV-100 transducer
Additional – AXIOM+ manuals and templates from Raymarine: