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RAYMARINE a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi

Model # 14907844Mfg # T70202-GLD

$869.99

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Product Description

Raymarine’s a78 is a full-featured GPS/chartplotter and fishfinder with amazing CHIRP DownVision™ Sonar technology. CHIRP DownVision lets you see fish and bottom structure like never before by delivering stunning images of underwater structure, fish, wrecks and more with photo-like clarity. The a78 also features a CHIRP fish targeting channel which makes it easy to identify both baitfish and predators. The a78 includes the CPT-100 transom mount transducer for fish targeting, DownVision™ and temperature sensing. Unlike competitive products that max out around 200 feet, the a78’s CHIRP DownVision™ and fish targeting sonar has a maximum depth range of 600 feet!

This a78 model includes Navionics Gold charts on microSD with US/Canadian Coastal, US Inland and Bahamas coverage. If desired, you can upgrade to 3D charting and satellite photos with Navionics Platinum Plus charts. The a78 can be expanded to include radar, satellite weather, AIS, thermal imaging and much, much more. The a78 features a 7.0” LED backlit LCD display that is optically bonded to its touchscreen for superior visibility day and night.

Radar
Display radar data with an optional Raymarine Digital, HD and Super HD Color radar antenna

Instrument Displays 
Sharp, easy-to-read analogue and digital instrument display transforms aSeries into a powerful instrument display

IP Cameras
aSeries MFDs support IP cameras (requires ONVIF compatibility) including record and playback facilities. a9 and a12 models also support analogue and thermal video

Engine Displays
Connect with NMEA2000 compatible engines for graphical engine data displays

Fuel Management
Fuel monitoring with time-to-empty and distance-to-empty calculations and fuel range rings display overlaid on navigation charts

Custom Screens
Display multiple screens at the same time, such as chart and radar information

DownVision

  • Dual-channel
  • Deep water performance
  • High speed resolution
  • Simultaneous multiple sonar ready
  • Transform aSeries into your sonar command centre
  • View and control networked CHIRP, Digital, and DownVision sonars simultaneously
  • Navionics Sonar Chart Support
  • Record bathymetric data
  • Create your own customised Navionics bathymetric fishing maps

Features

  • Two-sonars-in-one with powerful CHIRP DownVision™ and CHIRP fish targeting
  • CPT-100 transom mount CHIRP transducer included
  • Navionics Gold cartography included (US/Canadian Coastal, US Inland and Bahamas coverage)
  • Super-bright 7" diagonal touchscreen with LED backlighting
  • Built-in 50-channel GPS receiver
  • Video-over-IP support for networked cameras
  • Built-in Bluetooth wireless connection for optional media playback or remote control
  • Ethernet (RayNet) and NMEA2000 (SeaTalkng) Network Compatible
  • Compatible with Navionics Silver, Gold, Platinum or HotMaps Charts on MicroSD

Included with this product:

  • a78 Multi-Function Display
  • CPT-100 transom mount CHIRP transducer
  • Navionics Gold cartography with US/Canadian Coastal, US Inland and Bahamas coverage
  • Trunnion bracket, flush mount kit and mounting hardware
  • Sun cover
  • Documentation pack

 

RAYMARINE a78 Installation and Operation Instructions

 

 

What You'll Need

Transducer TypeReading(s)MaterialMax DepthModel
CPT100 Transom-Mount CHIRP DownVision™ Transducer (Primary)Fishfinder/DownVision™Plastic600'14907885
CPT110 Thru-Hull CHIRP DownVision™ Transducer with Fairing BlockFishfinder/DownVision™Plastic600'14907893
CPT120 Thru-Hull CHIRP DownVision™ Transducer with Fairing BlockFishfinder/DownVision™Bronze600'14907901

Specs

a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi

Antenna Internal GPS antenna
Cartography Navionics Gold US Coastal
Diagonal Screen Size 7"
Dimensions 8 1/16" Width x 5 11/16" Height x 2 3/4" Depth
Display Color Color
Display Shape Square
Display Type LED backlit
Sunlight-Viewable Touchscreen
Features Waterproof
Frequency Dual-Band CHIRP
Maximum Depth 600'
Mount Type Tilt & Swivel
Resolution 800 x 480
Specific Transducer CPT-100 DownVision
Warranty Details Three Years (with Product Registration)

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi
 
4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (10)
  • Durable (8)
  • Waterproof (8)
  • Reliable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small boats (9)
  • Outdoors (5)
  • Large boats (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (8), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome unit

I installed this unit on my 21ft Grady. It was easy to install and works amazing. The downvision works great to show structure and the fish finder has good resolution. I use it...Read complete review

I installed this unit on my 21ft Grady. It was easy to install and works amazing. The downvision works great to show structure and the fish finder has good resolution. I use it to fish coastal salmon. It has been the best fish finding I have ever used. A great product at a great price and its easy to see in the direct sunlight.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

raymarine customer service is terrible

I have suffered with this unit and regret i ever got it, i was meaning to get a garmin unit and i wish i did. Got the side view box as well and it...Read complete review

I have suffered with this unit and regret i ever got it, i was meaning to get a garmin unit and i wish i did. Got the side view box as well and it doesnt work well, there is no info available about it. Customer service is really hard to reach. Entering waypoints names or data is tough. removing MOB alarms etc is an issue.
I wish i did not get this unit.
Pros? it is good looking, easy to install and nice touch screen but that is not what i want, i want customer service and ease of use.
Would not buy it again.

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3.0

raymarine customer service is terrible

By nico

from fl

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • nice touch screen unit

Cons

  • hard to use

Best Uses

  • Small Boats

Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

I have suffered with this unit and regret i ever got it, i was meaning to get a garmin unit and i wish i did. Got the side view box as well and it doesnt work well, there is no info available about it. Customer service is really hard to reach. Entering waypoints names or data is tough. removing MOB alarms etc is an issue.
I wish i did not get this unit.
Pros? it is good looking, easy to install and nice touch screen but that is not what i want, i want customer service and ease of use.
Would not buy it again.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
1.0

low resolution poor customer service

By capt. Bill

from biloxi mississippi

About Me Professional

Pros

  • cheaper than other brands

Cons

  • no instruc owners Manuel

Best Uses

  • Small Boats

Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

I do fishing charters on Daily basis and always have issues with this unit and most calls to customer support ends up u have to leave a call back number and no return call from customer happens.u can find some answers inside unit itself if u can find access manual page on screens.touch screen not user friendly

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

The only way to navigate

By Knot workin

from Green Bay Wi

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Reliable
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor
    • Small Boats

    Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

    I can not take all the credit, my friend bought a new dragon fly unit and had researched quite a bit.
    I liked it and I was always a Garmin person; I thought I would look a little and wanted touch screen
    and found the a78 model; for all the features and ease of use I made the right decision and my friend says he wished he would have gone with the touch screen as well

    Service and delivery comments:

    I got free shipping and it came earlier then expected

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Love it!

    By L & M

    from Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Reliable
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor
      • Small Boats

      Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

      This Raymarine product was easy to install and easy to use. Very intuitive when you get to the home screen. Bright colors, big touch screen are just a few of the many features we love.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      customer support

      By willy

      from mississippi

      About Me Professional

      Pros

      • none I can think of

      Cons

      • Difficult to use
      • Poorly Designed

      Best Uses

      • None

      Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

      Minimal nav screens cant find distance from waypoint.has no compass screen.have to turn unit off then on to go to new waypoint Don't waste your money pay a little more and get a garmin.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Just bought unit . cannot get radar to turn on called. Customer service 4 Times after long time on hold it ask you to leave call back number. Unit is down for busiest week of my year still no call,

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      So far, exactly what I wanted

      By Rafe

      from Fort Peck Lake, Montana

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Boats
        • Outdoor
        • Small Boats

        Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

        Installed on Catalina 30 sailboat. Purchased CPT 110 through-hull transducer. The transducer was heavy duty plastic. The MFD works well, and the main reason I chose it is because Navionics has charts for our local lake. The included charts did not cover our lake, so I had to pay Navionics another $100. Now with this Raymarine a78 MFD, I can use it to control my EV1 Autopilot. Charts/GPS, Autopilot control and a nice picture of the bottom are all great. Radar would be nice to add. The Sirius XM weather feature would require another $600 add-on. The Fusion audio control doesn't work with my Pioneer stereo, even though it linked via blue tooth. The engine data display only interfaces to a select few modern engines. So, I guess there's lots of buttons there that I'll never use, but for chart/fish, it works great.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great product

        By Chasredaddict

        from Charleston, sc

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Boats
          • Outdoor
          • Small Boats

          Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

          Impressed with the unit, works well and easy to use. The touch screen is very nice. Navionics gold is a good chart but not super detailed.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Touch this!

          By Bo Did

          from Mystic ct

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Big Screen
          • Cool Design
          • Easy To Install
          • Super West Marine Price
          • Touchscreen
          • With Chips
          • With Xdcr

          Cons

          • Need Platinum Charts

          Best Uses

            Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

            Great for my 30 Sea Ray. Nice screen

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            4.0

            great reviews on this unit

            By Bob

            from Fort Myers Beach, FL.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Difficult To Install

            Best Uses

            • Large Boats
            • Small Boats

            Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

            I purchased the unit based on reviews and product knowledge from the salesman. I have not yet installed but viewed a you tube video where the person was having a hard time. hope I don't run into those struggles. looking forward to installing and using my new e78.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great equipment, easy to install, works great!

            By Dege

            from Cape Coral Florida

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Reliable
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Boats

              Comments about Raymarine a78 Multi-Function Display with DownVision Sounder, CPT-100 CHIRP Transducer and Navionics Gold Charts, Non-WiFi:

              Every day use.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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