Gear Review: Raymarine Element

What is it?

Raymarine Element

What sets it apart?

Not everyone’s needs and/or budget justify the pricy, feature-heavy multi-function display units, but everyone can benefit from a sonar/GPS machine with a generous blend of speed and clarity. That’s the approach Raymarine took when designing its Element series with HyperVision 1.2-megahertz super high-resolution sonar technology, which maximizes DownVision, SideVision and Raymarine RealVision 3D sonar with precision imaging and fish identification in lifelike detail.

How do I use it?

An all-in-one transducer combines HyperVision, DownVision, SideVision, RealVision and conventional CHIRP sonar channels into a single installation. Available in 7-, 9- and 12-inch models, Element units feature an onboard quad-core processor for immediate chart redraw, smooth RealVision 3D imaging and fast response while underway. The user-friendly keypad controls combined with Raymarine’s new LightHouse Sport operating system provide prompt performance. The oversized waypoint key marks fishing spots, while RealBathy personal depth map generator allows anglers to create their own high-definition bathymetric sonar maps in real-time.

How much?

Starts at $679.99

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Angler’s insight:

Accurately identifying contour changes, rocks, brush, etc., factors into everyone’s game plan at some point. Raymarine has created a series of sonar/GPS units that address this need more with quick response and vivid detail built into a sleek package that won’t break your budget. Clear attention to simplified operation is evident here, as Raymarine states its objective of allowing anglers to spend more time focused on fishing than on the instruction manual.