View Full Version : Raymarine RL70C Radar
04-08-2005, 09:55 AM
Anyone own one of these units? Comments on it's performance? I'm planning to buy one soon and have heard good things about them, but wanted some first hand comments.. Thanks..
04-08-2005, 10:05 AM
What size antenna do you plan to use?
What do you plan to mainly use the radar for?
04-08-2005, 11:30 AM
Right now intend to match it with a 2kw radome. Will be using it mainly for the safety aspect during long runs. Will be using it at nite quite a bit too. I suppose other benefits are picking up storms, birds etc.
04-08-2005, 11:47 AM
I think you will need more power than 2 KW to see birds.
I have a couple of friends who have that model and are pleased with it. I have some other friends who swear by Furuno for both radar and depth finders.
I have a Furuno 1751 (it's an older model, about 8 years old) on my boat and it is awesome.
Good luck with your decision.
04-08-2005, 12:49 PM
Teasers is right. Spend the extra money and get a 4KW. You'll be glag you did.
I have a 2.5KW which is ok for navagation, but will only pick up very large flocks of birds, and only then at close range.
04-08-2005, 01:29 PM
Thanks for the input.. I've decided to go with the Raymarine so I can overlay it on my chartplotter too. I'll have to give the 4kw antenna some thought then.
04-08-2005, 06:11 PM
I have one of them and they work like a champ. Ihave an RL70c tied into my 6001/8001 Autopilot, L770crc, DSM250 and R755. They work awesome together.
04-09-2005, 10:30 AM
I have a L760CRC plus with a Raystar 120 WAAS and was looking to connect to a decent radar. Now I'm looking at the new C and E series Raymarine makes as a possibility. They have new ones on EBay at good prices. A new RL70C isn't cheap. For a few hundred more $ you get completely new technology. Just trying to weigh all options. I guess Raymarine won't be carrying the RL70 line anymore (Apr this year?). Struggling with the new technology -vs- older technology etc...
04-09-2005, 06:00 PM
The C series looks to have more functionality using seatalk connections. I have found calling Tech support at Raymarine to be the best at giving advice. They helped me build my entire system and it works great now that it is configured correctly.