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|Raymarine SL72 Plus Raychart — July 2002|
Many boaters today are interested in simplifying their helm stations--in other words, reducing the number of displays there. That's why Raymarine developed an entry-level radar/chartplotter that combines two disparate systems into one display.
The integrated unit is called the SL72 Plus Raychart, and it comes standard with a seven-inch monochrome LCD display. The screen's high contrast and 320x240 pixel resolution is said to make for easy readability. You can choose to run either the plotter or radar as a full screen or split the two screens to view them simultaneously. In split-screen mode, the plotter and radar are automatically synchronized.
The plotter works off C-Map NT+ cards, which include port and tide data. In addition, the plotter can display course up, north up, head up, and MOB and store up to 1,000 waypoints. Soft buttons at the bottom of the display make it easy to adjust the screen contrast and brightness, find ship, switch between plotter and radar settings, and access other functions of the unit.
The SL72 Plus Raychart comes with an 18-inch radome that has a range of 24 NM. The unit is available through Raymarine electronics dealers and has a suggested retail price of $2,575.
Raymarine Phone: (603) 881-5200. Fax: (603) 864-4756. www.raymarine.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.