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Old 02-25-2015, 03:31 PM
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Would like to see what the actual purpose or usage is for a radar. I never have had one. Getting the new 7610xsv as well as a new fusion 700i installed on my boat. Was thinking of possibly the garmin 18xhd. Staring over again as far as.fishing and boating goes. We. Also would probably be fishing at night at times after I'm well versed. Mostly bottom if that helps. Trying to see the justification for me for a radar. Thanks
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BloBoaters at night is a good reason. Seems like every time I am out at night I pick up a boat where there is no boat to be seen, and guess what, it always has sails and never has any lights on. And then they yell at you if get within 100 feet of 'em.

I need a steel boat; problem solved.
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Main usage is seeing objects at night or in fog. That is why most have radars on their boat. They can be used to locate birds as well if tuned in correctly for fishing. If you need any help you know where to find me. Feel free to give me a ring.
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Fog in Southern Florida is much less common than in New England. (I can probably count on one hand the number of times I transited to Block Island w/o pea soup fog).

+1 for night operation, fog operation and rain operation.

Use the radar on every trip. Get used to relating radar information to clear daytime visual observations.

The target tracking history and MARPA is also very useful.
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Try to see if this will be something that I will use in the long run. Somewhat Trying to justify the cost vs usage .No fog here but definitely rain
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Only one reason unless you are chasing birds. Collison avoidance!! Unless you are running a 39 sea vee lol. A gps and chart plotter are nice at night and in the fog but will not tell you if something is there that should not be.
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Navigation at night. Set up alarm zones if single handing or running at night. Watch for other boats in all weather.
Mark my channel as I come in at night.
Track birds.
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Originally Posted by flbluerunner View Post
Navigation at night. Set up alarm zones if single handing or running at night. Watch for other boats in all weather.
Mark my channel as I come in at night.
Track birds.
Yep same here too, except mines not strong enough for bird tracking. Never turn it on during day unless it's foggy or blinding rain. Do spin it up once and awhile to make certain it's working properly. Always ON at night!!
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For night running, definitely it is something you should have. I have many thousands of hours running at night, and always have the radar running, even if it is clear. Fog--you never know (as in Tampa doesn't have fog….). You see running lights, take bearings--and the radar lets you know the range, and bearing--and you decide if there is a collision course--and what action you need to take.

Definitely worth the $$.
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For night running, definitely it is something you should have. I have many thousands of hours running at night, and always have the radar running, even if it is clear. Fog--you never know (as in Tampa doesn't have fog….). You see running lights, take bearings--and the radar lets you know the range, and bearing--and you decide if there is a collision course--and what action you need to take.

Definitely worth the $$.
Very good advice.

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If you plan to run at night and can't see a justification for radar perhaps you should re-think your boating plans. Radar won't add much to your overall boating costs, but no radar could add plenty.

Oh, and learn how to use it.

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It's also great for weather. Especially to see if there is a storm behind the rain that you can't see. I love picking my way through the isolated south Florida weather with the radar.
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It's also great for weather. Especially to see if there is a storm behind the rain that you can't see. I love picking my way through the isolated south Florida weather with the radar.
I agree, the new hi tech radars do an outstanding job of allowing you to avoid hot spots when navigating through storm fronts or afternoon thunder bangers. It's all about situational awareness and knowing what is in your way or approaching your path. Probably not the most cost effective fishing tool but invaluable for general boating..... especially in areas with lots of boat traffic.
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The best $2000 or less you will ever spend on your boat. It's a game changer.
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Originally Posted by cravenMH View Post
Oh, and learn how to use it.
^^^^^^^^^^^

Best way to learn, in addition to studying the manual, is to USE the radar in clear, daylight conditions. Learn what different types of objects and vessels look like on the radar when you can see them visually.

Learn what objects might not give you a good radar return, or how to adjust the radar to improve that return.

Gain knowledge of the radar operation, and confidence in both yourself as an operator and the equipment itself.

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I find it useful for keeping an eye on other boats even in good weather. It just gives you another set of eyes.
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All good points and I'm convinced a radar is in store for me in the future(sooner than later hopefully). Will the garmin 18xhd be suffice for my boat 26.5 cc. thanks
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As stated, use is when you don't need it so you are very familiar with it when it's needed!

I like clicking on moving targets and having it show their speed and trajectory, give an early heads up on pending collisions!
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Very good safety device. All good points above. In addition, I use it in rough seas to make sure i dont hit anything when winshield is covered with salt and I can't see thru it.
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For most its a fashion accessory.

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