EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE | Ultra-Bright Display
The Raymarine c97 – Can be used as a single all-in-one chart, radar, and sonar navigation display or expand into a navigation network with multiple displays, CHIRP DownVision sonar, radar, thermal night vision, and a bunch more.
With a Bright 9″ display and Rotary button control – it allows for simple control with the rotary unicontroller with integrated joystick and the built-in keypad. The screen is sunlight viewable and optically bonded for sharp color and nice contrast.
Built on the LightHouse™ II – operating system, this simple-to-use interface unlocks the features of the cSeries. LightHouse II makes customizing the display pretty easy with full or split-screen windows for charting, radar, sonar, and any other items you connect to the system.
Quite Fast – Designed with dual-core processing and a dedicated graphics processor it delivers quick chart redraws and a pretty snappy response.
LightHouse II Chart Engine – Navigate with premium Navionics vector charts including Navionic’s community-sourced Sonar charts or choose Raymarine LightHouse’s freely available vector and raster charts of US waters.
Expanable – Network with any Lighthouse II powered Raymarine MFD including the eSeries. Create a multi-station network with up to 8 displays.
Built-In Sonar – The dual-frequency 600w Clearpulse fishfinder seems pretty smart with adaptive adjustments for very clear target separation.
Configurations & Part Numbers:
Chartplotter/MFD | Built-in Sonar
The Raymarine cSeries comes in 2 screen sizes, 9″ & 12.1″, have mostly the same features, options, and network connections.
The c97 and c127 models have a built-in ClearPulse Sonar/Fishfinder which puts out 600 Watts.
The c95 and c125 do not include sonar but they are black box sonar compatible.
They also have 2GB of internal memory that can be used to store video or images.
The cSeries and eSeries MFDs both run the LightHouse II operating system, are of similar size and features but have a few key differences.
Controls – The cSeries have rotary buttons and keypad controls whereas the eSeries feature HybridTouch (touchscreen and keypad) controls.
Sounder – The Internal 600W ClearPulse Conical 50/200 kHz fishfinder sounder is the same on the c97/c127 and e97/e127 units. c95/c125 and e95/e125 units don’t have sonar but are black box sonar ready.
Video – The rear connections are also slightly different.
cSeries has 1 x BNC (female) composite video input for PAL/NTSC format.
eSeries displays have 1 BNC (female) composite video input for PAL/NTSC formats and have a second BNC input plus 1 VGA output port. Both have support for IP/Network cameras.
The cSeries are for those don’t need or want a touchscreen and also don’t need VGA video out for secondary displays or access to IP Camera Support.
|1 BNC Video In||2 BNC Video In|
|11.42 x 2.52 x 6.81in||11.42 x 2.52 x 6.81in|
|Built-In Fishfinder||Built-In Fishfinder|
The LightHouse II – operating system is designed to give you feature control using Apps using the rotary controls to change screen and select options.
The 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 II software Updates – You can get the latest updates and see new release features for Lighthouse II here.
Home Screen Control – Each cSeries display features the simplicity of rotary button control and keypad.
TouchScreen | eSeries Only
2. Home | Return to the home screen
3. Menu | Open/Close Menu
4. UniControl | Joystick/Rotary control & OK button
5. Back | Previous Menu
6. Range | In/Out
7. WPT / MOB | Waypoints & Man Overboard
8. Power | On/Off
9. Card reader slot | 2 – MicroSD card
10. Pilot | Autopilot control
11. Switch Active Pane | Splitscreen Control
Networking for the c97 includes Raynet Ethernet, NMEA2000, WiFi, and BlueTooth.
You can connect multiple displays or expand with Radar, Thermal cameras, engine gauges, autopilots, additional instrumentation.
Below is a list of items that can be added to the network. (See System Integration)
Bluetooth connectivity – has been added for connecting with the Raymarine RCU-3 Remote and for Media player control (such as a smartphone).
WiFi Connections – Video Streaming and remote control
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. The viewer app for screen mirroring is good but I found the remote App for the I found a little clunky.
System integration – The cSeries MFDs are compatible with a wide range of devices that use various protocols to transfer data between devices in the system.
The Image/table below shows some examples and some details of which devices may be connected and the type of connections that might be used.
1. Raymarine RCU-3 Remote | BlueTooth
2. Mobile Device | WiFi & BlueTooth for media
3. Tank Sensors | NMEA 2000
4. GPS/GNSS | SeaTalk, SeaTalkng, or NMEA 0183
5. Additional Instruments | SeaTalk, SeaTalkng
6. Pilot control heads | SeaTalk, SeaTalkng
7. Autopilot | SeaTalk, SeaTalkng, or NMEA 0183.
8. AIS | SeaTalkng or NMEA 0183
9. Trim tabs | NMEA 2000
10. Analog video / cameras x1 | BNC + IP cameras via SeaTalkhs
11. Lifetag (MOB) | SeaTalk (w converter)
12. Engine interface / ECI-100 | SeaTalkng
13. Transducers | NMEA 2000
14. External display – Not on cSeries
15. Sonar transducer | Direct Connection
16. DSC VHF radio | NMEA 0183 or SeaTalkng
17. Raymarine Sirius weather | SeaTalkhs, SeaTalkng
18. Additional MFDs | SeaTalkhs
19. Sonar Modules | SeaTalkhs
20. Radar | SeaTalkhs
21. Thermal cameras – T200 thru T900 | SeaTalkhs & BNC
22. Remote keypad | SeaTalkhs
23. Fusion entertainment systems | SeaTalkhs
24. PC / Laptop | SeaTalkhs
1. Transducer Input
3. SeaTalkhs | RayNet Network 1
4. SeaTalkhs | RayNet Network 2
5. No Plug
6. POWER | Video | NMEA 0183
The c97 comes with a built-in dual-frequency ClearPulse Digital Sonar putting about 600 watts of power. ClearPulse sonar targets fish and shows structure with excellent clarity.
The Intelligent ClearPulse automatically adapts and adjusts for a clear image of fish and bottom contours in depths up to 3000’ according to Raymarine. It will read depth to 3000′ but for fish, 600-900 is more realistic.
ClearPulse eliminates surface clutter, water column noise, revealing more fish and easily separates bottom fish hanging close to the bottom.
Dual-frequency operation (200/50 kHz) uses auto-adaptive gain control which eliminates constant adjustments. Additional features include Real-time A-Scope display, Zoom, and Bottom Lock magnification modes.
Need More Power…
It’s also BlackBox sonar ready if you need something more powerful. Add a CP450 with ClearPulse CHIRP technology and it will go beyond conventional sonar with excellent resolution and depth performance up to 10,000’ with an Airmar CHIRP compatible transducer.
CP450 | ClearPulse Overview – ClearPulse CHIRP technology takes advantage of a wide spectrum of sonar signals for a precise view of fish, structure, and the entire water column.
Conventional sonars transmit and listen at a single frequency with each pulse and the CP450C CHIRPS across a wide spectrum of sonar frequencies simultaneously
Two Independent Sonars for Shallow water or offshore the CP450C “CHIRPS” in a broad range of sonar frequencies with two independent CHIRP sonar transceivers built-in Low, Mid, and High-Frequency Bands.
The CP450C detects fish and other underwater targets using any discreet frequency from 25 to 250 kHz. CP450C also offers mid-band frequency support in the 75 to 130 kHz range. This means no matter what you fish for, no matter where they hide, CP450C intelligently detects and targets the fish you want to catch!
The Ultra-fast 80 ping-per-second update rate delivers up to twice the refresh speed of conventional sonars, providing a near real-time view of water depth and bottom conditions when you need it most.
Additional Blackbox Sonar Options – The cSeries is also compatible with these black box sonar units.
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.
The cSeries can display radar data with all Raymarine Non-HD Digital Radomes, HD or SuperHD, Digital, HD Color or Super HD Color, and Quantum radar scanners.
Which Radar is Compatible with the cSeries? Radomes and Open Array Radar for retired MFD’s w/Ethernet interface(s)
The c97 display includes Wi-Fi which makes the Raymarine Quantum radar a nice choice. Quantum Radar is one of the first compact marine radars to use CHIRP pulse compression technology. It delivers excellent radar imaging on both long and extremely short ranges.
Integrated Wi-Fi makes installation easy and Quantum’s lightweight design provides safe radiated emissions and reduced power consumption.
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 c97 ships with either no charts, (Worldwide Basemap) CMAP or Navionics charts with options for US Coastal, US Inland, Canada, Europe, and the Rest Of the World.
It does have additional charting support for a pretty wide range of charts like Navionics+ Navionics Platinum, and Raymarine LightHouse chart formats on microSD cards.
Here is a list of the cartography available thru the Raymarine Chart Store.
Waypoints, routes, and tracks – may be transferred to the cSeries display 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 3000 waypoints in 100 waypoint groups, 15 Track Logs, and 150 Routes.
Pro Tip: While only 15 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 possible.
A. 289.6mm | 11.4″
B. 173.1mm | 6.81″
C. 31.4mm | 1.24″
D. 63.9mm | 2.5″
E. 212mm | 8.35″
F. 160mm | 6.29″
Here are the parts supplied in a new unit.
1. Sun cover
2. Front bezel
3. Multifunction display (MFD)
4. Gasket – for surface mounting
5. 4 x sets of fixings – for surface mounting
6. Documentation pack
7. Power/NMEA/video cable
Raymarine c97 / Lighthouse II | Software Updates – This also has the software update history which is a great place to see what features and fixes have been added.
Here are a couple of forum posts I came across from people with additional opinions and experience using the cSeries.
Charting | Mapping
Sounder | Fishfinder
11.42 x 2.52 x 6.81"
290 x 64 x 173mm
|Display type||KeyPad + Rotary Knob|
|Display size||9" diagonal|
|Display resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|Display - Brightness||1200 nits|
Operating Voltage - 10.8 - 31.2v DC
16W Max - Full Brightness
|GPS Antenna||Built-in 50 channel|
|GPS Receiver||WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS|
|Mounting options||Surface or Bracket|
|Accepts data cards||2 microSD|
|Routes||150 Routes - 50 Waypoints per route|
|Track log||10,000 points; 15 saved tracks|
|Preloaded Maps||Optional - Navionics, C-MAP, Raymarine LightHouse|
|Tide Tables||Yes | with Navionics or C-Map chart card|
|Weather||Supports - Sirius marine weather|
|Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF||Yes|
|Black Box sonar support||Yes|
|Planning Software Compatible||Yes - Voyage Planner|
|App-Control Compatibility||Yes - RayView, RayControl ,RayRemote|
|Remote Input Device - compatible||Yes|
Radar - when connected
Sonar - when connected
Weather - when connected
|Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable||Yes | 50/200 KHz|
|Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable||Yes | 50/200KHz|
|CHIRP sonar technology||Yes (with external module)|
|ClearVü | Down||Yes - CHIRP DownVision (with external module)|
|SideVü | Side||Yes - CHIRP SideVision (with external module)|
|Sonar | Additional||
Dual frequency operation (200/50 kHz) or 83 kHz operation for
Minn Kota Universal Sonar
|NMEA 2000 compatible||Yes - 1 SeaTalk|
|NMEA 0183 input ports||2|
|NMEA 0183 output ports||1|
|Marine Network Ports||2 - SeaTalk|
|Video input ports||1 - BNC with adapter|
|Video output ports||No|
|In The Box||
Fixings for surface mounting
Power and data cable
Trunnion bracket kit