Raymarine A60, a Garmin blocker?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

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8 Responses

  1. Bob Mueller says:

    Do you have an opinion about the new Garmin units like the 545? I was using a 440 display model set up at a Boat US Store, and I was not very impressed. It felt like the interface was designed for a touch screen, and was very clumsy to use with the arrow keys. I have a 3005, and it seems like I can do far more with much less button presses. I will say, that the 440 was VERY easy to use in terms of, I didn’t need the manual to operate it at all. But I found myself making ALOT of button presses with the arrow keys to move the cursor around the screen. With my 3005C, I only have to push the “Page” button once to move from plotter to sounder screen. With the 440, I had to navigate to a menu, then navigate the menu. It was obvious how to do it without looking at the manual, but I would hate to do all those button presses in a rolling sea. I guess that is the price we pay for ease of use, less features, and a more clumsy interface?

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Bob, It sounds like you’ve had more hands-on time than I have. Garmin hasn’t released any review units, or at least not in my direction. I do understand that the interface emphasis is on simplicity, as apparently you saw, but hope that doesn’t also mean cumbersome.


    i am looking at a Raymarine combo A60, garmin 440s and a lowrance 527C DF. they are all about the same price. what would you recommend?

  4. Norton Rider says:

    Everything else the same, I would choose the Raymarine unit due to the soft keys. I do not like electonic gear that has important functions buried in menus and sub-menus. The lack of soft keys becomes quite frustrating in rough seas, when it is hard to make multiple keystrokes to get to a simple function.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    That’s my preference too, Raul, but no one should buy the A60 without a good look at the low res screen, which I wrote more about here:
    The A65 may be worth the extra money.

  6. aoudi moez says:

    hello i bougth a 60 and ap 24 simrad i have a problem for connection betwin them ( data transmitiom
    thanks for help me

  7. Henrik says:

    I bought an A60 and have had problems to get it working properly with my Navman autopilot. After looking at the NMEA messages provided bu A60 (very nice NMEA monitor built in into the A60) I found out that the A60 has an incomlete APB message that is leaving out the bearing information leaving the autopilot to steer based on xte offset. The bearing is available in other messages but it seems my autopilot do not listen to them in combination with APB. APA has been omitted from the A60 apparently as it is no longer recommended by NMEA but with APA my autopilot would have listened to also other messages as was the case with my previous GPS. This fault was not in the Raymarine manual, nor did the sales person tell about it. I wonder if also other Raymarine plotters have the same fault?

  8. jack says:

    If stept on, one of the 5 buttons under the screen of the A60, break of very easy. One is broken already. I called Raymarine several times, and get no answer about spare parts.
    Can anybody help me?

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