Next generation Raymarine VHF radios
Raymarine’s parent company FLIR has announced the launch of its next-generation Raymarine VHF radios.
The compact Ray53, full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS are all full-function VHF marine radios with Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC).
Each new VHF model is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, which improves the GPS reception when the radio is mounted below deck or in an enclosed pilothouse.
The Ray63 and Ray73 models can connect to Raymarine’s new wireless VHF hub and can support up to two wireless handset stations for wireless communication anywhere onboard.
The Ray53 is a full-function VHF marine radio with Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and a built-in GPS receiver. Simply program your boat’s MMSI number into the Ray53 and immediately benefit from the enhanced calling and safety features of DSC. The Ray53 supports both NMEA2000 and legacy NMEA0183 networking, which enables it to connect with other onboard electronics. Ray53 also supports the connection of an optional remote speaker to provide audio at a second location. The Ray53 retail pricing is €395.00/£345.83 ex. tax.
The Ray63 supports multi-station expansion and intercom capability via a single wired RayMic controller or two wireless RayMic controllers. The wired RayMic 2nd station kit allows full operation of the Ray63 from another location onboard. Ray63 also works with Raymarine’s new wireless RayMic wireless hub and handset system, which adds VHF control at up to two additional locations onboard the boat with wireless convenience. The Ray63 retail pricing is € 495.00/£412.50 ex. tax.
In addition to the features of the Ray63, Ray73 adds a built-in Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver and a powerful loudhailer output. Ray73’s AIS provides collision avoidance and identification details for nearby AIS-equipped vessels to a networked multifunction display, chartplotter, radar, and instruments. When combined with an optional hailing horn, the Ray73’s loudhailer output allows communication with crew members on deck, those on other vessels, or people on the dock. In addition to Ray73’s powerful public-address capability, it can also generate manual or automatic fog signals when moored or underway. The Ray73 retail pricing is € 695.00/£604.17 ex. tax.
By Jake Frith
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