Raymarine A50D: Pros and Cons

The Raymarine A50D is a chart plotter and fish finder from one of the premier brands in marine equipment manufacturing. It is two devices in one. As a chart plotter it can enable boat navigators and fishing enthusiasts to see their location and their surroundings above and below the water. Plus, it is preloaded with charts that can help you navigate easily in some locations.  At the same time, it’s fish finder function can detect and locate schools of fishes under water.

In this review, we will be looking at pros and cons of the device to help you decide if this product suits your fishing need.


1.      Screen Size and Night Mode

The A50D has a screen which is 5-inches high and 8-inches wide, which makes it a good screen for a navigation device and locator. It has a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. You will be able to see the details clearly on the screen.

It also has a good night mode facility. The brightness and backlight adjusts perfectly to the dark environment.

2.      Route Tracking

You can also trace and save your favorite routes on the device. You can also edit it when the need arises. This would be a very handy feature to have if you frequently go out to the waters. It can save up to 150 routes.

3.      User-Friendly Interface and Navigation

The built-in interface of the Raymarine A50D is very easy to understand. You can also toggle full screen views of the images from underwater or toggle views with details displayed together with the images from underwater.

The device has soft keys, push buttons, a trackpad, and an OK button in the middle. The screen displays the labels for the soft keys and the trackpad makes it easier to move from your onscreen options.


1.      Screen brightness

Although it has a very good night mode, some problems are evident in its day mode. The screen cannot display brightly enough for a device created to be used outdoors.

2.      No instruction manuals included

The set actually included a CD-ROM which contained the full instruction manual. However, this poses a problem to many users because they cannot easily access it when they are on their boats or vessels. Not all boats and vessels carry TVs or portable computers with them because the space would be taken up by other boating supplies. Hence, when a problem arises, they would need to back home to find out how to troubleshoot it.

If you are looking for functionality, the Raymarine A50D will definitely be able to do the job. You might need to adjust on some of its weak points, but marine equipment manufacturers won’t stop in developing and improving their products.

Rob Quint is the author of this article on Raymarine. Find more information, about boating supplies.

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