Raymarine VHF radio

Discussion in 'Announcements & FAQs' started by John Botich, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. John Botich

    John Botich New Member

    2
    Sep 7, 2011
    Chicago
    380 Sundancer 2003
    gas
    The cord is frayed on my VHF radio. I have 2003 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer and am having a hard time finding a replacement cord.
     
  2. Mike Blake

    Mike Blake Active Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Yankeetown FL West coast
    89 340 Sundance all Raymarine.
    Gas hogs 454X2.
    Send it back to raymarine in NH. The last one I had done was $75.00
     
  3. JediJD

    JediJD Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Feb 14, 2009
    Cartersville, GA
    '07 42SS Carver, full electronics array
    '03 380DA, RL80C+, ST7001, Kohl 7.3,4kw o/array sold
    8.1S Crusader express drives
    +1 to Mike above. Fairly quick turn around. Easy to deal with.
     
  4. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I just replaced mine... The only place I could order it from was West Marine.. it was just under $100. My VHF is a Raymarine 230...the part number is R49085

    It was a simple process to replace the old cord with the new. You just need a small Phillips to take the back plate off the hand held
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2016
  5. Bugsy22

    Bugsy22 Member

    81
    Jun 2, 2016
    1000 islands region New York
    00' 310 Dancer w/ 5.7 EFIs and Bravo 3s.
    93' Mariah 18 Diablo
    90' 270 Dancer
    5.7 EFIs w/ Bravo 3s
    I just replaced my Ray55 radio because the speaker wasn't working. Transmitted fine but I couldn't hear anyone. Contacted raymarine and it was $175 plus shipping to repair it! Its on the shelf! Replaced with a new Uniden. All good now!
     
  6. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    You may want to consider just investing in a new radio instead of messing with the one you have.
    I sent my Ray 240 back to them in January shortly after I bought the boat so they could go through it and reprogram the MMSI number. I had already replaced the frayed cord that came with the radio. I got off cheap on the cord by buying a new one from a member here and replacing it myself before I sent the radio to Raymarine.
    The good: Raymarine will do a nice job and will test everything out before they send it back to you, and it will work like new when you get it. It's also nice to not have to further modify the dash or helm area if you stick with your current radio.
    The bad based on my experience: They are extremely difficult to get on the phone, don't respond to emails, it will take 3 times longer than they tell you it will when you finally do get them, and what you're going to pay could go towards the cost of a nice new Standard Horizon or other brand.
    I'm really happy with the work they did but knowing what I know now I don't think I'd do it again. There are better games in town.
    My old boat had Garmin electronics which were super easy to use, and I recently put a new Standard Horizon VHF on my Uncles Boat that we use for fishing. It has DSC with built in GPS and cost less than $150.00 after a rebate. That boat also has a Garmin chart plotter and sonar sender on it.
    Overall, although my experience with Raymarine is relatively short (just this season so far) I'm not a huge fan of their stuff. Much less user friendly than Garmin Chartplotters or Standard Horizon radios, and customer support is horrible. The Raymarine HD color radar and the two 12" MFD's that came on my current boat are only about 3 years old so I'm keeping them, but if I needed to replace all of my electronics I'd probably go with something other than Raymarine.
     
  7. Brian ouellette

    Brian ouellette New Member

    15
    Apr 26, 2018
    Sacramento, CA
    2003 Sundancer 380
    8.1
    how is the ray 230 holding up?
     
  8. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I replaced the antenna to the radio. Everything else has been working fine... I also have a good handheld as a backup if necessary but no thoughts of replacing the 230
     
  9. Brian ouellette

    Brian ouellette New Member

    15
    Apr 26, 2018
    Sacramento, CA
    2003 Sundancer 380
    8.1
    I cant seem to fine one or a replacement handset
     
  10. BVasily

    BVasily Member

    66
    Jan 5, 2007
    Kingston, Ontario
    420 DA
    Cummins 450C
    Hi Blueone. I have same issue. But the cable appeared to connect into a sealed unit behind the cradle which then feeds the radio and separately the speaker. Just confirming how easy this was to obtain and replace?
     
  11. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    It was simple enough to replace.

    I purchased mine thru west marine as you can’t go direct to ray marine at the time. West marine was a pain and I had to go to two different stores in Michigan to get it done after repeated visits.
    I have heard ray marine isn’t making replacement cords now but don’t know that first hand. You might try calling Raymarine direct to get the answer on that.
     

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