Marine Electronics Test: Garmin Touchscreen vs. Raymarine Network
Two big-screen multi-function navigation displays go head-to-head.
Multi-function displays (MFD) with 8- to 12-inch screens are riding a wave of popularity, due in large part to the ease of viewability of detailed navigational data. Practical Sailor evaluated 8-inch screens from Garmin and Raymarine and the two companies 12-inch displays. Both units in the Garmin GPSMAP 5000 series, the GPSMAP 5208 and the GPSMAP 5212, are touchscreen controlled and can interface with radar, a black-box finder, a weather receiver, or an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver through a Garmin Marine Network connection. Both also come pre-loaded with Garmin Bluechart g2 U.S. coastal cartography. The Raymarine E120 and Raymarine E80 can connect to and display a variety of information from numerous sources. Testers liked the intuitive software and networking capabilities. Raymarine uses Navionics cartography. All four displays tested are NMEA 0183 compatible and NMEA 2000 compatible.