Raymarine Fish Finder Reviews – Guide 2016

If you are in search of a perfect tool that would help and improve your fishing experience, then Raymarine products is something you might consider getting. In my Raymarine review I offer an overview of the top 3 products that this brand has to offer, the most popular Dragonfly 7 and less popular a78 and e7D models.

These fish finders come with revolutionary sonar features and pack a ton of other useful features, all made with high quality and the user in mind. They incorporate technologies that give the angler remarkable images of the fish under water. The addition of the GPS will allow the angler to navigate the US coastal and inland waters. To understand which of the three would be the best choice for your needs, read on our Raymarine reviews.

Raymarine Dragonfly 7
  • Raymarine Dragonfly 7
  • Sonar: CHIRP Down Vision
  • Display size, inches: 7
  • GPS: Navionics Gold
Raymarine e7D
  • Raymarine e7D
  • Sonar: digital sonar (or upgrade toCHIRP DownVision)
  • Display size, inches: 7
  • GPS: Navionics Gold, LightHouse II
Raymarine a78
  • Raymarine a78
  • Sonar: CHIRP sonar and CHIRP DownVision
  • Display size, inches: 7
  • GPS: Navionics Gold, LightHouse II

Raymarine Dragonfly 7 Review

The most popular and highest rated model in the Raymarine line of fish finders is the Dragonfly 7. It offers the combination of a fish finder and GPS in one unit. It’s one of the more affordable options of this brand and in its price range it’s one of the top models with this combination. This tool gives real value for the money. It will provide you more success with fishing and will help you stay on course no matter what.

  • Raymarine Dragonfly 7 ReviewCHIRP DownVision Technology

    The device gives a very realistic image of the underwater thanks to its innovative CHIRP Down Vision technology. It transmits across a wide spectrum of sonar frequencies, resulting in life-like sonar images. You can use Down Vision to spot schools of fish and their structure and then use sonar to target individual fish.

  • Dual Channel

    It’s also dual channel, so you can instantly view both high resolution structure images and a high resolution fish targeting sonar channel. Each of them you can either view independently or switch to split screen mode to view them together.

    The dual element CHIRP transducer comes with a transom mount. One of the beams has a conical shape and covers an area of 60° side-to-side. The second one is 1.4º ultra-wide fan shaped beam.

  • Simple to Use

    Whether you are a professional or a beginner angler, you will find the installation and the operation of the unit quite simple and in no time you will be able to become a Dragonfly expert. On the 7-inch display that offers an intuitive user interface. The tool features a simple three button control, rotary dial and joystick cursor. So you can easily switch through display choices and choose menu options.

  • Installation

    You can mount and have the tool running in under 20 minutes. The installation requires mounting of the transducer onto the transom, then running a wire to the battery, and finally connecting the wire back to your fish finder. After this the tool is ready to be powered on and will automatically adjust all the settings. All is quick and simple.

  • 50-Channel GPS

    The GPS sensor of the Dragonfly features fast acquisition technology. This model comes with the Navionics Gold chart bundle that covers the US coastal region, Canada, the Great Lakes and 3,000 inland lakes.

  • What’s In the Box

    Raymarine Dragonfly 7” Sonar/GPS display.

    Mounting bracket.

    Dual beam transducer.

    Navionics Gold.

    Power cable.

    User guide.

Raymarine e7D Review

The Raymarine e7D model comes at a higher price compared to Dragonfly 7, but it also offers more advanced options. It’s compact, simple, but at the same time multi-function and high performance GPS chart plotter and fish finder tool. If you are looking for a high end product and you are ready to invest more to get more value for the money, then I would recommend this Raymarine model.

  • Raymarine e7DSonar

    The Raymarine e7D features a built-in 600 watt digital sonar. However, if you want more power you can upgrade to CHIRP DownVision sonar modules.

  • Display

    The 7 inches widescreen display provides outstanding color, clarity and contrast. You can easily view the data on it in all lighting conditions. The LED backlighting allows viewing in the dark and saves on power consumption.

    To make the multifunctional display sharper, smarter and more powerful, Raymarine has designed it with Lighthouse User Interface. It provides ease of use and better readability in all light conditions. Using and accessing the navigation information on this fish finder is as easy as using a smartphone. The touchscreen feature makes choosing your favorite features quicker than ever.

    You can view on the display the full window of charting, sonar or radar, or switch to split screen windows. So you can either have a single station display or up to 8 Lighthouse II powered displays.

    The Lighthouse supports up to 200 waypoints. The display allows sorting and searching for navigation among the saved hotspots and destinations.

  • Chartplotter

    On the Raymarine e7D you can either use Raymarine Navionics or Lighthouse cartography. Navionics include coastal charts of US, the Great Lakes, over 3,000 lakes, and other charts. The Lighthouse charts are derived from government issued charts. They are available in two formats: raster and vector. The regions these charts cover are the US, Brazil and New Zealand.

  • Built-in Wi-Fi

    This fish finder offers the convenience of being able to view all the data from the Raymarine from anywhere on the boat. Using the built-in Wi-Fi and a mobile app, you can connect the device to any of your Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad or iPod. It will sync and stream all the data from the fish finder, allowing you to access all the information from wherever you are on the boat.

Raymarine a78 Review

The most advanced, but at the same time the priciest among the three models is the Raymarine a78 fish finder. It offers both simplicity and multifunction features. It’s powerful, gives navigation for going to any place, and offers sonar and more to help you catch more fish.

  • Raymarine a78Lighthouse II Display

    Like the e7D model, Raymarine a78 also features the Lighthouse User Interface that allows easy navigating the settings of the menu. The display measures 7 inches wide and features multi-touch touchscreen controls. LightHouse is an operating system that includes over 20 features.

    You can save, transfer and sort through your waypoints. So you can easily retrieve a saved waypoint and simply navigate to that hotspot. They are saved in GPX file format for simple transferring.

    You can view multiple screens at once or choose a single one. The tool allows zooming in to see more detail. The menu is also customizable with different color palette options. The display gives a really sharp and clear image, no matter is it dark or light.

  • Sonar

    The a78 features dual channel sonar with a built-in CHIRP sonar and CHIRP DownVision. With this technology you can have sonar imagery of the depths of up to 600 feet.

  • Responsive Chartplotting

    This model features an integrated chartplotter engine that offers fast and very responsive navigation. The chartplotter supports LightHouse raster and vector charts, as well as the Navionics Gold charts that cover North and Central America, the whole coastal region, and over 3,000 inland lakes.

  • Wi-Fi

    Raymarine offers different apps that allow the user to control the fish finder from anywhere on the boat. You can use your smartphone or tablet to download a RayRemote app and then use it as a remote control for the fish finder. Using the RayView app you can screen directly all the data from the fish finder to your tablet or smartphone.

The Bottom Line

Overall, I think that the Raymarine fish finders are worth the investment if you are looking for a more advanced and high-end model. All the features that they offer are usually found on even pricier models. Especially, in my opinion the Raymarine Dragonfly 7 is really worth considering. It provides a lot of useful features that will make the fishing experience for you easier, more successful and fun. The Raymarine e7D and a78 models offer more convenience in using them, featuring touchscreen displays and Wi-Fi control, as well as many other useful features that you will not find on more simple and cheap fish finders. In this Raymarine review I have compared the top three products from three different fish finder series of this brand. However, they have other models available that differ by configurations.