Northeast - Let's talk radar

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Legal Bill
03-03-2010, 09:26 AM
I'll be buying a radar for the boat this spring. As I've mentioned before, i currently have a small Lowrance GPS/Fishfinder on board which is fine for the striper fishing around the Vineyard. But I'd like to add Radar and a GPS on a larger screen (say 9 inches) and keep the Lowrance as a fish finder and back-up GPS in case the new unit has a failure.

With that said, I was wondering what you guys recommend for radar? I'll be heading south to the dump and east to the BB.


CMEBoston
03-03-2010, 09:32 AM
Furuno MFD8 with a DRS4D 4kw dome radar would be my professional reccomendation. they have some cosiderable rebates this month as well.

bencashen
03-03-2010, 10:03 AM
A few weeks ago we had a sales rep from Navico come show us their latest and greatest-- Navico is Simrad, Northstar, Lowrance and B&G-

If yo're only doing 'inshore' type of stuff-- the new Lowrance Plotters with the HiDef radar is Fantastic-- repoted to be bullet proof and very user friendly- you might find since you have had Lowrance stuff it might be a good upgrade as you're used to their controls and such-

The Simrad NSE w/ the new solid state broad band radar is amazing (but its big bucks) -- its the top of the line as far as i'm concerned- and I've used them all. Its a solid state unit- so it turns on instantly and doesn't need to spin up or anything-- its also big money.


Legal Bill
03-03-2010, 11:16 AM
Furuno MFD8 with a DRS4D 4kw dome radar would be my professional reccomendation. they have some cosiderable rebates this month as well.


Thanks. I looked around on the web using those numbers. The display and radar dome alone would be $4300 after rebates. I was hoping to be all in for that price. I have to figure cables, mounting parts and labor will be at least another $1,000 to $1500, correct? Although I may do my own installation.

Legal Bill
03-03-2010, 11:17 AM
A few weeks ago we had a sales rep from Navico come show us their latest and greatest-- Navico is Simrad, Northstar, Lowrance and B&G-

If yo're only doing 'inshore' type of stuff-- the new Lowrance Plotters with the HiDef radar is Fantastic-- repoted to be bullet proof and very user friendly- you might find since you have had Lowrance stuff it might be a good upgrade as you're used to their controls and such-

The Simrad NSE w/ the new solid state broad band radar is amazing (but its big bucks) -- its the top of the line as far as i'm concerned- and I've used them all. Its a solid state unit- so it turns on instantly and doesn't need to spin up or anything-- its also big money.

What does inshore mean? If I go 20 or 30 miles off shore, am I still inshore?

BACKTOTHESEA
03-03-2010, 11:21 AM
Thanks. I looked around on the web using those numbers. The display and radar dome alone would be $4300 after rebates. I was hoping to be all in for that price. I have to figure cables, mounting parts and labor will be at least another $1,000 to $1500, correct? Although I may do my own installation.

Take a look at the smaller 2KW units/domes and then ask what people like/don't like about them on the electronics forum. i would expect you can get into something in the grand range, but i have not looked in a long time. Garmin, Raymarine, Furuno to name a few.

PtJudeRI
03-03-2010, 11:22 AM
I would price these out at a local installer as well, and get a price that would be reflective of installation costs. How big is your boat, and what are your expectations for the radar? would you like object detection and navigation aid, or are you looking for something that will offer you additional functionality down the road, such as APRA capabilities, AIS, bird detection and the like?? Also, how high will it be mounted?? You can scale down to 2kw for simple target acquisition, or up to 6 and an open array for bird spotting and distance weather watching. Just food for thought.

Ryan

CMEBoston
03-03-2010, 11:27 AM
there are no radars in the $1000 range, unless $1500 is in that range. even for that your getting a 2.2KW greyscale non daylight viewable radar. The beauty of the NavNet is you can expand the system in the future, its true color and they have won the best radar award consecutivley since 1975. 4KW gives you the most power to punch through the thickest fog the waters at the BB have to throw at you as well. and I can almost garauntee you will be wanting another MFD with a sounder module next year.

boatmanalso
03-03-2010, 11:34 AM
What does inshore mean? If I go 20 or 30 miles off shore, am I still inshore?

going wide is out of site of land. Going past wide is offshore. Depends on the boat too... a kid in a whaler might get his ass chewed out for being 2 miles out from shore....:o:o

drezend
03-03-2010, 01:14 PM
bought lowrance radar last year, nothing but problems since and no help from their service dept. i'll never buy lowrance again they are a joke!!!!

offshore31bfin
03-03-2010, 01:32 PM
I agree with CMEBoston. I got the Furuno MFD8 and dsm ff last season and hooked up my older furuno 4kw to it. I can't say enough about it. great unit, you won't regret it.

Legal Bill
03-03-2010, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the information, guys. My Lowrance seems good as a sounder and ok as a GPS. I had no intention of getting a Lowrance radar, although I did look at them in the catalogues.

Two other people recommended Furuno, but cautioned that they are not as user friendly as Raymarine.

Legal Bill
03-03-2010, 01:58 PM
Any pros or cons on this package?

http://cgi.ebay.com/RAYMARINE-C90W-C90-W-4KW-RADAR-DOME-10M-CABLE-NEW_W0QQitemZ280397525342QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item4148feb15e

tomfrmnh
03-03-2010, 02:15 PM
Any pros or cons on this package?

http://cgi.ebay.com/RAYMARINE-C90W-C90-W-4KW-RADAR-DOME-10M-CABLE-NEW_W0QQitemZ280397525342QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item4148feb15e

That is a nice system. I added radar (2kw annalog dome) to my Raymarine C80 last year. I am very happy with it. I think they have a nice product and the unit is very user friendly. If you are looking for something a little less expensive, they (Ray') have a C70/Radar combo for around $1700. The screen is a little smaller than you wanted but still a nice unit. This is an annalog system but still very functional. Add a GPS antenna for a couple hundred bucks and you have a nice color chart plotter with Radar overlay capability for cheap money. Good luck with your search.

Legal Bill
03-03-2010, 02:22 PM
Thanks, Tom. I saw the C70 package at the boat show, but I was hoping for a larger screen, 4kW radome and the built in GPS antenna. I see your point though, about $1,000 less.

CMEBoston
03-03-2010, 04:24 PM
the Cwides are good units, you get color with the HD digital dome, and they are all 4KW the user interface on the NN3D is not bad at all, infact it is quite easy to use.
I would not consider the Classic C series because it has been discontinued.

paraman
03-03-2010, 04:58 PM
I highly recommend raymarine. Easy to use and all the years using various models no problems. Curently with c120 series. Furuno is my second choice over Garmin or Lowrance. I will be installing a Furuno electronics package on a friends boat very soon and will be interesting to see if I change my preference. Time will tell. Call Jim at BOE and check his pricing out. Should be some good deals out there. Good luck on your search and post what you decided on.
Paraman

Any pros or cons on this package?

http://cgi.ebay.com/RAYMARINE-C90W-C90-W-4KW-RADAR-DOME-10M-CABLE-NEW_W0QQitemZ280397525342QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item4148feb15e



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