It's been a good two years since Raymarine presented the Axiom series. With the new hardware based on tablet technology, an Android version of the Lighthouse operating system came onto the market, a clear advance in terms of ease of use and speed. For sailors, on the other hand, it was a step backwards, because functions such as adjacent lines displayed on the map no longer existed at Raymarine, they had fallen victim to the complex reprogramming.
With the recently introduced version 3.9 of the Lighthouse software, the sailing functions are back. As with other manufacturers, the laylines are shown as red and green lines on the map so that it is very easy to see what the fastest course to the waypoint is and when to turn or halt.
The instrument display of Lighthouse 3.9 now also shows the course after the tack
In addition, the plotter can calculate the actual route to be sailed and the time required for it. As a basis for the laylines, either fixed angles or wind strength-dependent polar data stored in the plotter can be used. Data is currently available for 200 boat types. However, your own polar diagrams cannot be read in directly; instead, the data record must be sent to Raymarine by email, it will then be included in the next software update.
The Lighthouse 3.9 does not offer a start line function, but it should follow with the next version, which according to Raymarine will be the case at the end of June.
Lighthouse 3.9 is available for the Axiom, Axiom Pro eS and gS series multifunction displays and can be downloaded for free from the Raymarine website.