Raymarine has been a power-house of new introductions in the past year, rolling out such goodies as the new e-Series MFDs, their CHIRP fishfinder, and even a few cool cell phone/iPad apps. Now the big news is the introduction of the a-Series. They’ll be hitting the shelves in October and pricing has yet to be determined—here’s the early scoop.
The a Series is going to consist of two units, the a65 and the a67. Essentially these are the same units except that the a65 can be expanded with a fishfinder module, while the a67 comes with the ClearPulse fishfinder already built-in. These units are designed for smaller boats, and feature a 5.7” touch-screen display. They’re constructed to meet IPX 6 and IPX 7 standards, which means they’ll live through the saltwater torture dished out to marine electronics mounted at the helm of small, open boats.
Just because these are small units, don’t think they’re short on features: the a’s think via a fast dual-core processor, can network with up to six other Raymarine MFDs, have an internal 50-channel GPS receiver, offer fuel monitoring with range calculations overlaying nav charts, and can be expanded with radar, Sirius/XM weather, and Navionics cartography (Navionics Silver cartography comes standard). Need to link up to an NMEA 2000 autopilot, or engine instruments? No problem. All in all, this is some mighty advanced electronic action for a “small boat” MFD.
Now, remember those nifty apps and other goodies Raymarine introduced lately? Good—because some of these are also available with the a’s. You can use your smartphone to tap into MP3 files via Bluetooth, and Raymarine’s RCU-3 wireless remote will also play nice-like with the a65 and 67. Bass Angler Alert: with an adaptor you can link the a67 up with Minn Kota’s Universal Sonar for trolling motor transducers.
You’re sure to hear more about these units as the fall draws closer and the a-Series heads for the store shelves. In the meantime, you can get more info at Raymarine.