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Old 05-05-2008, 02:34 PM
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I live in massachusetts and am thinking about purchasing radar for my 23 foot center console. I have two purposes, overall navigation around cape cod and islands, especially in the fog, and 2) to spot working birds over striped bass and blue fin tuna. Currently I have a Raymarine DX 600 fishfinder and Garmin 192c GPS. I can't image that I need more than 20 miles of range.


What is the minimum I should budget?
What models would you recommend?
Is color necessary?
Should I be looking for integrated GPS and sonar?

What other issues should I be thinking about?

Thank you.
Old 05-05-2008, 02:55 PM
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there are two that provide good value - the Furuno and the JRC - and no... for accident avoidance color is not necessary....
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you are really touching on both ends of the spectrum as far as how much to budget.

For navigation purposes a 4kw dome from furuno koden raymarine ect will get the job done just fine and can be bought for around 2K

Looking for birds is another totally different situation as at min you would need a 4 foot 4k open array and even that is on the low end for locating birds and most would go to a 4 foot 6KW open to locate birds.
Cost wise you are looking at least twice as much
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you are going to find out fast that, as surfcaster said, it is going to cost a lot more for the luxury of locating birds. at that point, you are talking open array, which weighs a lot, and costs more.

as far as color, certainly to find birds, true color radar is going to help. but i have a feeling that you were more hoping to be able to locate birds rather than it being a true requirement. but, even if you opt for a 2kw dome (no birds), i still think a color LCD screen is worth considering as i find them 10x easier to read. others will disagree. at least check them out with your own eyes and compare them.

raymarine has a nice package deal of a 2kw dome & a 7" color screen (C70) for like $1,600 after rebate. you can make the unit into a chartplotter w/radar overlay w/some other accessories (i.e. gps antenna, chart, heading sensor). this wouldn't need to be done right away. if you shop around you can get a similar garmin system for a similar price. the entry level monochrome units are less (maybe $400 or so less), so there is a tradeoff to think about.
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chainsaw said it perfectly, GREAT ADVICE!!!!
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As others have said, you are seeking to satisfy two incompatible pararmeters - finding birds cheaply. For birds, a Furuno 25 kw with 6' antenna and minimum 12" screen is the hot ticket - minimum $9,000; for navigation, a Garmin 3205 chartplotter with an 18" 2kw HD dome will work just fine - $1,500; the ones by Lowrence, Raymarine, etc will also work.
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A 6kw JRC 2344 with a 4' open array and 10" monochrome screen can be had for less than $3200. I have one and can find 2 birds working at about 4 miles. The mono screen is a drawback but for the price it is hard to beat. I think the antenna weighs about 70#.
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Here is a great deal on 10" plotter with radar.. This plotter is preloaded with G2charts radar
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Just wanted to say thanks romanonj. Ordered the plotter and "HD" version of the dome. Just what I was looking for.
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Might want to look into the small Koden color LCD - it won't pick up birds but it will help with navigation. We're in the market for a small stand alone radar and will condsider this one as wll as the Furuno 1700 series.
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Koden makes an excellent radar. The K-Link systems are being phased out and the prices on their radars are a steal right now. Nearly bullet proof commercial grade equipment. Only problem is supply is extremely limited. Koden Radars

romanonj, thank you for providing the link. The 3210 oben box is an absolute no brainer.

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