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Old 10-10-2006, 12:04 PM
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I am in search of the minimum radar with which I can see lobster pots and fish sticks. I have a JRC 1500 which picks up some pot buoys, but they don't make nice trails, and thus are easy to miss (er, hit). My preference is to have a radar that maintains a true orientation, has trails that can be reset with a dedicated button, and that will start a trail on a lobster pot at a minimum of 1/2 mile. Auto or manual tune is not important, although an effective auto would be nice. I would like a respectable size screen as well. Open vs. dome is not an issue for me either. I am not looking for birds or to track weather. I am interested in safety of navigation only, with 1/2 mile as my most common range setting. I boat in the LI Sound, so sea clutter is minimal. I have NEMA 0183 and 2000 gps sources. My budget is for up to a 6kw unit, but I don't want to waste money. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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A good 4KW radar should do the trick. Just mess with the gain and clutter settings to get the best picture
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Get a good 4K open array for the detaisl. I prefer Furuno. The adjustments will make a BIG difference in small targets such as pots. I can see very smnall objects in the water such as crab pots when running slow. Search for my handle and radar for a step by step procedure for getting excellent target discrimination.
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Default Re: lobster pots on radar?

My Furuno 1623 picks up crab pot buoys very clear. Doc of the Bay
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I have a JRC 1800 Radar/Plotter, I believe it is only 2.2 KW Raydome. I can pick up crab pots floats and Day markers no problem.......I have to adjust the gain allot higher, also I don't run very fast when I running in low vis and I know there are pots around.

Your JRC should pick them up.

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Default Re: lobster pots on radar?

Are you looking for your own pots, or all pots? If you put a mini radar reflector on a pot they will work fine with any radar. One night about 50 miles off Cape Cod, I started seeing about 100 targets on Radar,but only one fishing vessel with lights. So I goton the VHF--the lobsterman had put 4" radar reflectors on every one of this pot bouys ---very effective. I wouldn't count on getting ALL of the foam bouys with anything less than 6 KW and a 4 foot scanner--but your experience may vary.
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Default Re: lobster pots on radar?

Thanks for the replies. I guess it comes down to being less than thrilled with the display. My unit will pick up most pots, but not far enough out to reliably clear the area of sea clutter right near the boat. With anyting over 2' waves, forget about it. I've worked with commercial radar for years, and I am accustomed to seeing a nice line tracking parallel with ship's movement. Perhaps I am asking too much of my 2kw unit, so my question is what is the minimum unit that produces a nice trail on small pot markers and fish sticks? Is a 4KW open array the consensus answer? I'm not expecting commercial quality, just a nice trail. Or perhaps I should just add spurrs to my shafts and stop worrying about hitting those GD things. Thanks for the advice.

Brett

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