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Raymarine ELEMENT 12S

Raymarine ELEMENT 12S
SKU: E70535-00-101
Brand: Raymarine
Category: Chartplotters | Fishfinders
  • Screen Size: 12" WXGA Color
  • Input Type: Keypad Control
  • Charts: LightHouse NC2 | Navionics
  • Chart Card Slots: 1 microSD card
  • Wifi: Wifi | Bluetooth
  • Sonar: High CHIRP | 200kHz

Raymarine Element 12 s- Price

 


 

Key Facts | Full Specs | Manuals | Videos

Highlights:

Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S

SUPER BRIGHT SCREEN | KeyPad Control

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Review

 

 


 

Should you upgrade to a…

Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S?

We take a detailed look at the specifications and get a couple thoughts from some who already have. This is long one so be prepared.

 


 

The Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S – Is a pretty easy-to-use, simple-to-setup color,  chartplotter/depth sounder with a keypad interface and a built-in 10Hz GPS/GLONASS GPS Antenna.

The 12″ Optically Bonded LCD screen is very bright at 1500 nits and has a resolution of 1280×800. Its primarily geared towards the inland and coastal cruiser that needs and excellent navigation device with depth sounder capability.

It comes with a Single channel High CHIRP Sonar, a quad-core processor and the Raymarine LightHouse Sport operating system for ease of use and a pretty snappy response.

Maps and charting include support for a wide range of options including Raymarine LightHouse NC2, Navionics and CMAP. Raymarine RealBathy and Navionics SonarChart Live is also supported for creating custom charts and maps.

The element is radar ready and supports the Raymarine Quantum Series Radomes, which connect using wifi. It also supports  AIS target overlays, autopilot integration, and sailing instruments displays using NMEA200 and SeaTalkng.

The Element series can’t be connected to a network but 2 Element displays can be linked together on SeaTalkng, and can Sync waypoints.

Element displays are Raymarine’s chartplotting and chartplotting/fishfinding displays for budget conscious boaters who don’t need the touch screen, networking options, advanced features supported by MFDs running LightHouse 3 and LightHouse II software like the Axiom series.

The Element S units adds further savings to those who don’t advanced fishfinder capabilities within the display like the Element HV series have.

Continued below…

 


 

Raymarine Element S | Lineup

 

Raymarine Element S - Family

 

The Raymarine Element S comes in 3 screen sizes 7″, 9″ and 12″ and includes a high CHIRP sonar depth sounder. They can be bracket mounted or surface mounted.

 


 

ELEMENT 12 S vs ELEMENT 12 HV

 

Raymarine Element 12 S vs Element 12 HV

 

The Raymarine Element comes in 2 basic flavors, the S and the HV. The charting options are the same on each model but the big difference is in the sonar.

The S series is primarily a very capable navigational display with basic sonar. It comes with a 100W Single channel High CHIRP Sonar with a maximum depth range of about 900′.

 

Raymarine Element HV vs S

Raymarine Element HV vs S

 

The HV Series on the other hand is a serious CHIRP Sonar fishing finding machine with GPS and navigation.

The Element HV includes 1.2 megahertz HyperVision that does take inland and coastal sonar to a new level of precision. It adds DownVision, SideVision, and RealVision 3D.

Element’s HyperVision lets you view structure and target fish in super high resolution.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - HyperVision

HyperVision Sonar on the HV

 


 

Element 12 S – Screen | Keypad

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - KeyPad Control

Element 12 S | KeyPad Control

 

1. Waypoint – Place a waypoint at your vessel’s position.
2. Home – Press to display the Homescreen.
3. Menu  –  Open Homescreen menus and App menus.
4. Directional pad To navigate Homescreen and menus.
5. Back – Move back one page.

6. OK — Confirms menu selections, opens context menus.
7. Minus (Zoom / Range out)
8. Plus (Zoom / Range in)
9. Quick Launch 1 / 2 / 3 | Opens the assigned app page.
10. Power – Power on/Power off |  Shortcuts menu | Power off

  • One thing to note is that the buttons do not light up at night.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Lighthouse Sport HomeScreen

Element 12 S – Lighthouse Sport HomeScreen

 

1. Position/fix details – Shows position coordinates. Select the area to view fix accuracy and to access position settings.

2. Supply voltage –  The Voltage reading is colored Red if the current supply voltage is lower than the value specified in the Low voltage alarm setting.

3. Status area – Displays system time, count down/up timer and sonar ping status. Select the area to set count down / up timer, time zone and to set daylight savings.

4. App page icons – The Homescreen is made up of 3 pages that can each contain up to 6 app page icons. Selecting an app page icon opens the relevant app page.

To view a different Homescreen page, keep pressing the Directional pad’s Left or Right buttons until the Homescreen page changes. You can identify which Homescreen page is being shown using the indicator bar, located above the Routes & Tracks icon.

5. Waypoints – Select to view the Waypoints list.

6. Routes & Tracks – Select to view the Routes and Tracks lists.

7. Settings – Select to view the display’s Settings menu.

 

Lighthouse sport software – You can get the latest updates and see new release features for Lighthouse sport here.

 


 

Networking and Connections

 

Though the Element 12 S is not a full network device, it can link up to compatible components using NMEA200 and SeaTalkng for added information and WiFi to connect to radar.

Currently 9/2020 – Raymarine has not yet announced the introduction of a smartphone/tablet app for use in conjunction with Element displays.

 

Wi-Fi  –  802.11 b / g / n

  • Quantum Radar connection
  • LightHouse Sport operating system updates

 

Bluetooth – Element has Bluetooth but Raymarine has not yet introduced any LightHouse Sport features which will make use of Bluetooth communications.

Raymarine – 9/14/2020 – “Whilst the Element series does have Bluetooth enabled, this is for a future app.”

 

Supported NMEA2000 Networking

INPUT:

  • NMEA2000 Compatible Engines (Max 2)
  • NMEA2000 Compatible Tank Sensors (Max 4)
  • Heading Sensor (for Chart Stabilization)

 

OUTPUT:

  • GPS (for VHF Distress and DSC)
  • Waypoint, Routes, and XTE for Autopilot
  • Waypoint and Route sharing between Element displays

 


 

SeaTalk ng – is an interconnection bus for Raymarine products. Small diameter cable connectors are used throughout the system to make installation easier.

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.

An example SeaTalkng system is provided below. Connection to a network provides the display with data from other connected devices.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Seatalk network

Element 12 S – Seatalk network

 

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.
9. AIS700.
10. Element™ display.

11. SeaTalkng/NMEA 2000 VHF DSC Radio (GPS/GNSS position data)
12. DeviceNet connection to vessel’s engine management system.
13. ECI-100.
14. SeaTalkng ® power cable (connects to vessel’s 12 V dc power supply).
15. SeaTalkng ® backbone cables.

 


 

Here are a list of a NMEA200 and SeaTalkng items that can be added for complete functionality.

 

EV-1 Heading sensor – EV-1 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.

► ECI-100 – An ECI-100 enables display of compatible engine data. For further information on compatible engines refer to: p.21 — Compatible engine systems

► 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 enables the display of transducer sensor data (depth, speed, wind, water temperature etc.) in databoxes and the dashboard app.

Note: Transducer calibration is not supported by the display and must be performed on an appropriate SeaTalkng ® instrument display such as the i70S multifunction instrument display.

► Airmar NMEA 2000 smart sensors –  Connecting an Airmar smart sensor transducer such as a ST800 smart TRIDUCER  Multisensor that offers depth, speed, and temperature or the P79 depth dual-frequency, depth only unit can add additional sonar capability.

► Compatible engine systems – An ECI-100 engine gateway (E70227), engine data for up to two compatible engines can be displayed. The following engine systems are supported.

 

  • Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) systems
  • Yamaha Marine Command Link
  • Yamaha Marine Command Link Plus
  • Yanmar engine systems
  • Honda engines
  • Caterpillar engine systems (must include MPD, MPD color or mini MPD)
  • Other engine systems which use standard NMEA 2000 protocols

 

► Third-party tank level sensors – Standard compatible third-party NMEA 2000 tank level sensors enables the display of tank level sensor data .

Data can be displayed for:

  • Up to 2 x fuel level tank sensors
  • Up to 2 x fresh water level tank sensors
  • Up to 2 x live well level tank sensors
  • 1 x Gray water level tank sensor
  • 1 x Black water level tank sensor

 


 

Typical System for Element S

Typical Basic System for Element 12 S

 


 

Full System for Element S - Power Boat

Full System for Element 12 S – Power Boat

 


 

Rear Connections –  

Raymarine Element 12 S - Connections

Raymarine Element 12 S – Connections

 


 

Raymarine Sonar Support

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - High CHIRP Sonar Screen

Element 12 S | High CHIRP Sonar Screen

 

Built-in sonar capabilities – The Element 12 S includes a built-in Single channel 100W High CHIRP sonar. Its not very powerful but does have a maximum depth  range of about 900′. Not a fish finder but reasonable depth sounding capability and sufficient for cruising and keeping you off the bottom.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S- High CHIRP Sonar

Element 12 S- High CHIRP Sonar

 

RealBathy | Custom Charts –  Create precise personal bathymetric/contour charts in real time using Raymarine’s RealBathy feature. This cool feature that gives you the the ability to make you own customs chart with 1′ contours without the need to for a Navionics subscription.

RealBathy™ requires compatible LightHouse NC2 charts and a MicroSD card with sufficient free space to record depth and bathymetry data.

RealBathy is designed to overlay on any type of cartography (including the base world maps) with logged sonar data.

Pretty handy for getting very accurate custom maps in an area that the charts don’t show detail. Waypoints can overlay auto-map.

When using RealBathy, new contour lines are drawn in real time on the screen based on your transducer’s depth readings. Color shading is used to reflect depth, with darkest shade signifying the shallowest area. The sonar data is recorded to the inserted memory card.

The 3 Steps for using RealBathy and building your own chart.

1. Insert blank microSD card.
2. Choose LightHouse chart.
3. Enable RealBathy option.

4. Start Mapping

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - custom bathymetric maps

Element 12 S – Custom Mapping

 


 

Element 12 S – Radar

 

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Quantum Radar

Raymarine Element 12 S | Quantum Radar

 

Compatible radar scanners – The Element 12 S display includes Wi-Fi which can be used to connect wirelessly to the following radar scanners:

• Quantum™ Q24W (E70344)
• Quantum™ Q24C (E70210)
• Quantum™ 2 Doppler Q24D (E70498)

 

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 in splitscreen.

AIS targets can also be displayed and tracked in the Radar app, however Element displays do not support tracking of radar targets or doppler features. That is a limitation of LightHouse™ Sport.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Quantum WiFI Radar

Element 12 S | Full Screen Radar

 

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.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Radar Mode - Weather

Radar Mode | Weather

 

WEATHER – Weather mode optimizes the Radar display to help identify precipitation, useful for helping determine weather fronts.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Radar Mode - Offshore

Radar Mode | Offshore

 

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.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Radar Mode - Coastal

Radar Mode | Coastal

 

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.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Radar Mode - Harbor

Radar Mode | Harbor

 

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.

 

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.

 


 

Element 12 S – Charts | Mapping

 

The Element has charting supprt for Raymarine LightHouse NC2, Navionics, C-MAP Essentials, C-MAP 4D MAX+, and  is compatible with all charts listed on the Raymarine Chart Store.

Waypoints, routes, and tracks may be transferred to the Element displays via microSD card using a GPX file produced by a navigational planning application supporting the GPX waypoint/route/track file format.

Here are some few highlights of LightHouse NC2, Navionics Nav+ and CMAP.

 

Raymarine Lighthouse NC2

Raymarine LightHouse Charts is a library of digital map products from Raymarine and leading map makers like Standard Mapping and CMOR.

The new LightHouse NC2 North American nautical chart offers high-quality mapping combined with fishing intelligence from Fishing Hot Spots.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - LightHouse NC2 Chart

Raymarine – LightHouse NC2 Charts

 

Some features include:

Superior Navigational Charts – Color-shaded bathymetric charts. Displays buoys, hazards and navigational channels. Includes tidal height stations.

Points of Interest – Marinas, boat ramps and access points. Fuel docks, parking lots and restrooms. Campgrounds, parks and facilities.

Local Fishing Intel – Fishing Hot Spots with GPS Coordinates with expert-verified, local fishing tips, submerged structure and bottom composition and researched waterbody descriptions.

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 NC2 for latest coverage area.

 


 

Navionics Nav+ 

Navionics+ is available preloaded in the Element series 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 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.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Navionics Plus Charts

Element 12 S – Navionics+ Charts

 

Features Include:

Nautical Charts – Navionics+ are a pretty robust chart resource that has been trusted by boaters worldwide for a long time.

SonarChart – HD Bathymetry Maps that reflects ever-changing conditions.

Community Edits –  Localised chart data contributed by the Navionics Community

 


 

C-MAP Charts –  C-MAP has been leader in professional and leisure digital nautical charts, is well known for accurate
and easy to understand chart products, including C-MAP Essentials and 4D-MAX+ premium marine charts.

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - CMAP Charting

Element 12 S – CMAP Charting

 

Feature list for CMAP 4D MAx+ include:

  • Base Cartography
  • Full Featured Vector Charts
  • Tides & Currents
  • Off Shore Hi Res Bathymetry Layer
  • Fishing Areas
  • Sport Fishing Data

 

  • Raster Charts
  • Aerial Photos
  • 3D View
  • Satellite Overlay
  • Easy Routing
  • Depth Shading

 

  • Detailed Marina Port Plans
  • Land Elevations
  • Major & Detailed Roads
  • Points of interest
  • Multilanguage Support

 


 

ELEMENT 12 S | In the box

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - whats in the box

 

  1. 1. Element display
  2. 2. Surface mount gasket
  3. 3. Suncover
  4. 4. Trunnion knobs x2
  5. 5. Documentation pack
  6. 6. Trunnion bracket
  7. 7. Surface mount SS x4 (M4x40 machine screw, washer, nut)
  8. 8. Power / NMEA2000 cable (1.5m power lead & .5m NMEA2000 lead).

 


 

Element 12 S – Resources:

 

Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S | Help & Support

Raymarine Forums – Great source for user info and techinical questions

Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S | Software Updates

 

TheHullTruth – ELEMENT Conversation by a couple new users

TheHullTruth – Raymarine Element 9 vs. Lowrance Live 9

TheHullTruth – Is the Raymarine Element a good choice?

 


 

ELEMENT 12 S  Brochure PDF

 

Raymarine Element S - Brochure

Raymarine Element S | Brochure PDF

 


 

Key Facts:

Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S

 

Performance Features

  • 12” Keypad Chartplotter/Sounder
  • WXGA 1280 x 800 | Color Display
  • New simple-to-use LightHouse Sport os
  • 70° Wide viewing angle & excellent clarity
  • Sunlight-viewable LCD | Brightness at 1500 Nits
  • Internal antenna or external over NMEA 2000
  • Built-in 10Hz GPS/GNSS receiver
  • Bracket or flush mount
  • Built-in Wi-Fi | Software Updates & Radar
  • Bluetooth 2.4 GHz – * Future Use
  • Supports AIS
  • Transmit position data to a VHF via NMEA 2000/SeaTalkng
  • Supports | Displays NMEA 2000/SeaTalkng devices & sensors
  • Send navigation data to connected autopilot.
  • Receive data from autopilots, engines, sensors & VHF
  • Supports wireless Quantum Radar scanners
  • 3 user programmable Quicklaunch buttons
  • Supports data from 2 standard NMEA 2000 trim tabs
  • Supports engine data when connected via an ECI-100

 

Charting | Mapping

  • Compatible with LightHouse NC2 charts with Fishing Hot Spots
  • Compatible with Navionics
  • Compatible C-MAP cartography
  • Can share waypoints between networked Element displays
  • 1 –  MicroSDXC card slot | 4GB to 32GB
  • 5,000 waypoints | 200 waypoint groups
  • 15 Track Logs – 10,000 max track points
  • 50 Routes – 250 waypoints max

 

Sounder | Sonar

  • Built-in Sounder Capabilities
  • 200 kHz | Conical high CHIRP sonar
  • Output Power | 100W
  • Maximum Depth – 900′
  • Personal sonar mapping using Raymarine RealBathy

 

Raymarine Element 12 S - Price

 


 

 

Raymarine ELEMENT 12S - Full Specs

General

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S
Physical dimensions 14.1"x 8.5" x 2.4"
35.7 x 21.5 x 6.2 cm
Weight 6.5 lbs.
Water rating IPX7
Display type WXGA | Color Keypad
Display size 12" diagonal
Display resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Display - Brightness 1500 Nits
Power consumption 2.1A | 12V
GPS Antenna Internal or external NMEA 2000
GPS Receiver 10 Hz GPS/GLONASS
Mounting options Bail or flush

Maps & Memory

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S
On-Board Memory No
Accepts data cards 1 microSD card | up to 2TB
Waypoints 5,000
Routes 50
Track log 10,000 points; 15 saved tracks
Preloaded Maps Support for:
Raymarine LightHouse NC2
Navionics | C-MAP Essentials
C-MAP 4D MAX+

Outdoor Recreation Features

Tide Tables Yes | With Chart Card

Chartplotter Features

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S
Radar compatible Yes | Quantum
Sonar compatible Built-In
High CHIRP | 200kHz
Supports AIS Yes
Weather Yes
Supports DSC - GPS Data / VHF Yes
Supports FUSION-Link No
Black Box sonar support No
Planning Software Compatible Navionics
App-Control Compatibility No
Remote Input Device - compatible No
Alarms Navigation
Anchor
Sonar

Sonar Features & Specifications

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S
Transmit Power 100W | High CHIRP
Dual-frequency (50/200 kHz) sonar capable No
Dual-Beam Sonar (77/200 kHz) capable No
CHIRP sonar technology 200 kHz
ClearVü | Down No
SideVü | Side No
Forward View No

Connections

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S
NMEA 2000 compatible Yes
NMEA 0183 input ports No
NMEA 0183 output ports No
Wireless connectivity Yes
BlueTooth connectivity Yes
Other Ports 9 Pin Transducer

Additional

Model Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S
Current Price Raymarine ELEMENT 12 S - Price
Additional - 1 Sailing Features
Additional - 2 Supports CPT-S transom and thru-hull transducers

In The Box

In The Box Element 12 S display
Surface mount gasket
Suncover
Trunnion knobs x2
Documentation pack
Trunnion bracket
Surface mount stainless steel fixings x4 (M4x40 machine screw, M4 flatwasher, M4 lockingnut)
Power / NMEA2000 cable (includes 1.5m (4.92ft) power lead and 0.5m (1.64ft) NMEA2000 lead).

Raymarine ELEMENT 12S - Manual

Downloadable PDFs:


 

Raymarine Element S - Basic Manual

Element 12 S | Basic Manual

 


 

Raymarine Element S - Advanced Manual

Element 12 S | Advanced Manual

 


 

Raymarine Element S - Installation Manual

Element 12 S | Installation Manual

 


Additional – ELEMENT 12 S manuals from Raymarine:

 

Raymarine ELEMENT 12S - Videos

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