Raymarine has launched its new mid and large-format e series multifunctional displays (MFDs). The new e95 and e125 units follow on from the compact e7 and are designed to bring advanced power, expanded networking and wireless connectivity - and the two new screen sizes are also set to be available in a non-touch screen display, known as the c series.


The new e and c series take networking and integration to new levels, using the full power and capability of WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The e7 was the world’s first seven-inch MFD to provide networking for up to six displays plus accessories and the new Raymarine Viewer App will allow the e and c series to stream live video direct to Apple iPad (1 and 2) and iPhone (4 and above) in real time. Simply put, the display can be accessed from anywhere on board via mobile iOS devices - and that remains true whether they are showing navigation charts, thermal video, radar or sonar information.

Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, the user also has the ability to control the e and c series via an optional remote control unit - the RCU-3, which can be mounted on a steering wheel or used as an independent handheld device. And with three processors (a dual core main processor and a third dedicated graphics processor), you get great 3D graphics and what the manufacturers call ‘instantaneous’ chart redraws.

For boat owners looking to upgrade from C or E Classic or Wide displays, Raymarine has come up with a set of bezels and adaptor plates to make the dash/bulkhead install quick and easy - and there is also a specially adapted fishing package. Available from March 2012, prices will start from £1,595 plus VAT. For more details see Raymarine.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.