By Ben Ellison
The submersible RC400 joins the RC435, introduced last year, in Raymarine’s small-boat A Series, and includes the same valuable features to maximize a small display. Autozoom can keep your boat and next waypoint always in view on the 3.5-inch transflective screen, while Screen Amplifier offsets the image so you see more chart ahead. The $710, 6.5-inch-high portable comes with a fixed mount and a data/power cable but can also be run on rechargeable NiMH (or alkaline) AA batteries, included. Like the RC435—now also available with an internal GPS useful for open-helm installations—and Raymarine’s new C Series multifunction displays, the RC400 uses Navionics Gold charts on Compact Flash cards and thus could back up any of those fixed units. Note that these CF cards have virtually unlimited route and track storage, and compatible PC planning software is reportedly in development.
Raymarine Phone: (800) 539-5539. www.raymarine.com.
This article originally appeared in the June 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.