Navigating Trust: Raymarine's Rich Heritage in Commercial Maritime Development

Navigating Trust: Raymarine's Rich Heritage in Commercial Maritime Development

Over the course of a century, Raymarine has come to lead the marine industry in reliability and cutting-edge creation. For commercial operators that require the highest level of performance, the brand’s products have cemented it as a trusted leader in electronics.

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A Legacy of Maritime Innovation

Raymarine’s roots in marine innovation date back to 1923, when acoustics and signaling pioneer Reginald Fessenden joined forces with the Submarine Signal Company and helped introduce the first commercial fathometer. In 1946, the Submarine Signal Company merged with post-war electronics giant Raytheon, which founded its marine division that served both commercial and recreational markets while making great strides in the development of radar, Loran C navigation, GPS, chartplotters, fishfinders and commercial fathometers.

The marine division acquired UK-based Nautech in 1990, adding award-winning autopilots and innovative instruments to the company’s portfolio. The newly formed UK marine division expanded and in 1999 launched the first Pathfinder compact radar system. Designed and manufactured in the UK, the development of the new radar drew upon the brand’s deep roots in advanced defense electronics while offering commercial and recreational mariners a cost-effective, high-performance solution. The success of the first-generation Pathfinder propelled the marine division forward into an industry-leading electronics solution provider.

The Raymarine brand was formed in 2001 through a management buyout of Raytheon’s marine division. Raymarine continued to be a pioneer in marine electronics, growing to become a premier manufacturer of electronics for leading boat builders and discerning mariners around the world.

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Joining Forces with FLIR

In 2010, Raymarine joined the FLIR family of brands and adopted FLIR’s philosophy of Commercial Developed Military Qualified (CDMQ) product development, delivering marine electronics renowned for their rugged design and reliability. As part of FLIR, Raymarine introduced solid-state and CHIRP pulse compression radar technology and disrupted the autopilot market with Evolution’s adaptive autopilot system. FLIR thermal cameras were also integrated into the Raymarine product offering, empowering professional captains to navigate safely in limited visibility by integrating radar and thermal technologies. Today Raymarine and FLIR are part of Teledyne, a global leader in sensor solutions for the commercial, research, and defense markets.  

Raymarine Today – Trusted by the US Coast Guard

One of the most compelling endorsements of Raymarine's capabilities is a long-standing relationship with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). As the principal federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. waters, the USCG relies only on the most state-of-the-art, high-quality equipment to fulfill its mission effectively. Today over 2,000 USCG crews rely on Raymarine every day to navigate safely and protect the nation’s waterways. 

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Navigating the Future

Throughout the years, Raymarine has continued to push the boundaries of what’s possible in marine electronics. From trailblazing the use of compact radar systems for small vessels to introducing leading-edge sensors and the Pathfinder Commercial IMO radar, Raymarine has consistently been at the forefront of maritime innovation. With a steadfast dedication to quality, Raymarine continues to chart the course for safer, more efficient, sustainable maritime operations around the world.