What cartography should be used with a Pathfinder Series Display
The RL70CRC belongs to a retired product line known as Pathfinder Series Displays. When a Pathfinder Series display is powered on a boot screen will be displayed referencing Raymarine or Raytheon. If the boot screen references Raymarine, then the display is considered to be a Pathfinder PLUS Series Display and will be compatible with C-Map's NT+ cartography (including NT+ Wide) . As many as two C-Map NT+ Wide C-Cards may be used in a Pathfinder PLUS Series display or network of hsb2 Pathfinder PLUS Series displays. C-Map NT+C-Cards may be purchased from an authorized C-Map dealer. Pathfinder PLUS Series displays having a Raychart (chart card reader) that are operating with v4.09 or v4.11 software installed within their program memory will additionally be compatible with C-Map’s 128KB User Cards. C-Map User Cards are used to back up waypoints and routes and to transfer such data between a PC and a Pathfinder PLUS Series display. If one owns an E86008 C-Map USBCC Reader (no longer available), then it is recommended that Raymarine's RayTech Planner or RayTech RNS 6.0 software be used for waypoint/route planning purposes. If not, then it is recommended that C-Map's PC Planner software be used for such purposes. A Pathfinder PLUS Series Display may be updated with the latest Pathfinder PLUS software (v4.11) by sending the display to Raymarine's Factory Repair Center or by contacting Raymarine’s Parts Line (603.881.5300 x8865) to order the corresponding software update kit (Note: the owner must be prepared to provide the Parts Line with the model of display).
If the display's boot screen references Raytheon, then the display is considered to be a Pathfinder (non-PLUS) Series display and will be exclusively compatible with C-Map's NT (not NT+) cartography. At the time of this response, NT C-Cards could only be obtained directly from C-Map. Pathfinder (non-PLUS) Series Displays, other than fishfinders (L755, L760, L1250, etc.) may currently be upgraded to become Pathfinder PLUS Series Displays by Raymarine's Factory Repair Center. For pricing of the hsb to hsb2 hardware upgrades, click here. Note that this upgrade is not simply a software update, as some of display's internal hardware must be replaced. It should also be noted that the hardware required to perform these upgrades is becoming scarce. As such, should one be considering whether to upgrade a Pathfinder (non-PLUS) Series Display, it is recommended that the decision be made sooner rather than later.
A prudent mariner will maintain his the vessel's chartplotters with the latest available cartography for the waters being navigated. Raymarine neither produces nor sells cartography. Customers are advised to contact C-Map or a C-Map dealer when seeking the latest information concerning cartography for the waters to be navigated. C-Map NT cartography must be purchased directly from C-Map while C-Map NT+ cartography may be purchased from an authorized C-Map dealer. It is recommended that customers retain their older cartography until such time that they fully prove the compatibility of new cartography and also consider retaining the previous version of the cartography for emergency backup use.