Raymarine E80 Review
We like all the features and the great visibility in direct sunlight. Great second unit for smaller helms without the space for matching E120s.
E80 has same features as E120 – only difference is screen size
• Raymarine E80 Review •
Raymarine E80 Classic
The E80 – is the smaller brother to the E120 in the E Series Classic line introduced in 2005 sporting an 8.4″ screen and resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. A bright and sharp screen with little or no darkening when viewing the screen from the side which is a must on bright days.
It’s a pretty powerful high-speed network chartplotter that can include GPS, Sonar, Radar, Autopilot, Weather, AIS and even Video! You can connect everything to one unit running on its own or have several connected in the network sharing data.
A very flexible, fast multifunction unit, loaded with features. An excellent choice when you are looking for a midsize screen with networkability.
The Raymarine E80 Classic chartplotter communicates with other devices using NMEA 0183 & NMEA 2000 on the Raymarine SeaTalk network. The E80 can use Platinum Plus, Platinum, or Navionics Gold chart cartography. The front loading slide reader uses Compact Flash “CF” cards.
Raymarine E80 vs C80 – For the radar, chartplotter, and fish finder functions the two are the same. Main differences: The ultra brite TFT screen on the E Series shows much brighter, is networkable and can share black box components as well as radar among multiple displays.
The E Series will also do video, supports HD or Super HD color radar and can use Navionics Platinum or Platinum Plus charts which the C Series cant.
Waypoints / Routing / Tracks – Waypoints can be saved at your (present position) with one push of the WPTS key or you can use a soft key function to save at the – cursor, ship position, lat/long, or access the waypoint list. Waypoint lists can be set up in separate groups for quicker access based on user criteria.
The waypoint list includes the group name, lat/long, bearing/distance, a 16-character name, and a 32-character comment for each waypoint. This makes finding your favorite waypoints in a large list pretty easy to find and use.
It stores of up to 1250 waypoints, 125 routes & 10 Tracks. Plenty of waypoints and routes but 10 tracks can get used up pretty quick.
Radar Scanners • Dome or Array –
E-Series Classic Chartplotters (E80, E120) using the latest E-Series Classic MFD software v5.52 are compatible with:
- Analog radar scanners
- RD218, RD424, 2D, 4d, 5S, 7S, 9S, & 11S
- Digital Radar Scanners
- RD418D, RD424D etc.
- HD Radar Scanners
- RD418HD, RD424HD etc.
- Super HD Radar Scanners.
- When connected to a HD or Super HD Radar Scanner, the E-Series Classic will support color radar.
Depth Sounder Modules –
- DSM300 / DSM30 / DSM400
Note: Raymarine recommends that the DSM30, DSM300 & DSM300G which have been interfaced to SeaTalk hs MFDs like the E-Series Classic MFDs, be upgraded to v4.20 DSM30/300 software with v5.18 bootcode.
Weather Module –
- Sirius SR6 / SR150
Weather Elements Include: Storm cast, waves, Canadian radar, lightning, wind, sea surface temperature, surface observations stations, city/weather, NOWRad, storm tracks and surface pressure.
Animated weather graphics – Weather forecast, weather radar history Weather reports – Tropical statements, marine warnings, marine zone fore-casts, marine watchbox.
AIS Module –
- AIS 250 “receive only”
Target symbols Sleeping, activated, selected, dangerous and lost. Target information AIS vectors, safety critical data and full AIS data. Collision avoidance Safe zones and safety messages. Alarms Local alarm messages, lost targets.
GPS Antenna –
- Raystar 125 | Raystar 130
Raymarine E80 Wrap Up…
Chart redraws are fast, taking less than a second to fully redraw the chart after a map range change. Minimum range can be set as low as 1/32 of a mile, about 190ft when set to nautical miles.
Up to 4 data sources can be displayed in an individual window simultaneously with a data strip. The E80 has an easily accessible ruler to measure the bearing and distance to any point of between a pair of user selected points.
Packed with power and performance features, the 8.4” E80 display can be used as a stand-alone navigation display, or integrated with other E-Series displays as part of a SeaTalk network.
The E-Series Classic has been for almost a decade and continues to have a large following in commercial and recreational boating. All in all, a solid multifunction unit in a rugged aluminum case.
Quick Facts – Raymarine E80 Classic
- Screen Size – 8.4″
- Networkability – Yes
- Ease Of Use
- Base Chart – Yes
- Power Use – 20 watts