Raymarine Company History


Raymarine Marine Product Range


Raymarine Timeline of Events




Raytheon launches first Depth Sounder

1958   Raytheon acquires Apelco
1974   Nautech / Autohelm is formed


  British Design Award for the first Autohelm tiller autopilot
1984   Launch of Autohelm 'keyboard micro' autopilots, the first cockpit autopilots in the world to employ digital control systems
1989   British Design Award and Silk Cut Nautical Award for the SeaTalk digital communications protocol, linking instruments and autopilots
1990   Autohelm acquired by Raytheon leading to formation of Raytheon's Recreational Marine Division

Integration of GPS technology into SeaTalk navigation, instrument and autopilot control systems

DAME Award for the Autohelm ST2000 Tiller Pilot


Imtec Award for Apelco L365 entry-level LCD fishfinder

DAME Award for the Autohelm ST80 Instrument range

1997   Launch of the Pathfinder Radar - first leisure marine radar to be designed and built outside Japan for 15 years
1999   Launch of High Speed Bus (HSB) protocol integrating high resolution radar and chartplotters
2000   DAME Award for the RL80 CRC 10" Radar Plotter and 10" RL80C Colour Radar

Raymarine acquires Raytheon's Recreational Marine Division in a management buy-out backed by Hg Capital

Launch of Advanced Steering Technology (AST) inboard autopilot course computers

2002   Imtec Award for RayTech Version 4 PC Navigation software integrated with onboard navigation systems
2003   NMEA Best in Show Award 2003 for HDFI - High Definition Fish Imaging

December 6 - Raymarine plc floats on the London Stock Exchange

DAME Award for Raymarine C Series Multifunction Displays

NMEA Best in Show Award 2004 for Raymarine C Series Multifunction Display


Motor Boating magazine Best of the Year Awards for Raymarine E Series High Performance Multifunction Navigation Displays and S1000 autopilot

NMEA Best In Show Award 2005 for Raymarine E Series Multifunction Display


Raymarine completes outsourcing of manufacturing

NMEA Best Navigation Product 2006 for the Raymarine E120 Multifunction Display

NMEA Best in Show Award 2006 for Raymarine RayTech v6.0 Navigation Software


SAIL Pittman Innovation Award in Electronics category for Raymarine LifeTag Man Overboard System

Raymarine Asia Pty Ltd founded

March - SDM Electronique SAS acquired

August - HE Eissing KG (GmbH & Co) acquired

Final stage of outsourcing project completed

NMEA Best Autopilot award 2007 for the Raymarine ST8002

NMEA Best in Show Award 2007 for Raymarine Ray218 VHF/Hailer with RayMic


February     - Deck Marine S.p.A. acquired

                   - NavSystems Oy acquired

NMEA Best in Show Award for Raymarine G Series Multifunction Navigation System

Motor Boating magazine Best of the Year Award for the Raymarine A Series Multifunction Displays


June - Relocation of Raymarine headquarters to new leased single site completed.

Segeln magazine Readers Survey Award for Best Chartplotter

DAME award nomination for Raymarine E Series HybridTouchTM

2010   Raymarine acquired by FLIR Systems

SAIL Pittman Innovation Award in Electronis for the Raymarine e7D Multifunction Display

e7D named Best New Product at the Newport International Boat Show

IBEX Innovation Award for the Raymarine e7D


Raymarine US offices move to the new FLIR Commercial Systems complex in Nashua, NH

Practical Sailor magazine selects e7D and Ray218 as Editor's Choice Products.