So I was trying to get one of the new Raymarine plotters to do radar overlay last night and no matter what kept getting "No Heading Data". For years I have set up Rayamrine, Garmin and other brands to do radar overlay by using the internal GPS heading data.... Well, not anymore..!!
It seems, according to an inside rep ar Raymarine, that one of Raymarine's competitors was sued because a customer hit something and blamed it on the "yaw" that you get between the radar, which is fixed to the vessel, and the yaw that the GPS sees where the land will move slightly behind the radar. The radar is on target, despite the plotter needing to catch up, but apparently someone still sued over this.
So my rep at Raymarine tells me everyone, Garmin, Simrad, Ray, Furuno, Lowrance etc. have all turned off the internal GPS as heading data for radar overlay because of this lawsuit? I would like to know what Ben or anyone else knows about this?
So now we have to use an external heading source such as a fluxgate as a heading sensor if we want to have radar overlay. All this thanks to some SCHMUCK and his LAWYER.
So I asked my rep what he thought the court case would look like when SCHMUCK B lays a bag of tools or another ferrous object next to his fluxgate and then bashes into something???? Hmmmm.... It is a lot harder to trick a GPS heading than it is to trick a fluxgate compass in most boats..
I recently had to move a frying pan in an adjacent locker and hand the customer a $125.00 bill to do so... How's that radar overlay with the frying pan next to it working out for you???
Pretty soon we won't even have radar overlay if the SCHMUCKS and their LAWYERS have their way...
Try telling a customer who just laid out 4K on a new plotter, dome and radar pole that he now needs an autopilot or a NEMA 2000 fluxgate heading sensor on TOP OF the additional $300.00 in cabling and bus N2k/Seatalk Ng/Sea Talk HS to get his NEW Raymraine stuff just to talk to his OLD, yes last season is "OLD" Raymarine stuff........ But hey we boaters are rich right...
Oh and DO NOT upgrade older units to newer software!
So Ben any thruth to what my Raymarine rep told me? Have all companies really disabled radar overlay heading data from an internal GPS source????
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