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Old 12-06-2017, 03:11 PM
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My wife and I love nighttime boating, and we were recently on a 32 SeaVee that had new Furuno electronics, including an open array, digital radar. Running down the intracoastal at night with radar overlay on the chart was incredible. You could literally see the charted marker under the radar return for that marker, in addition to other boats, islands, etc.

I have a Simrad NSS8 and am heavily considering adding their 3G radar and a heading sensor for overlay. I don't believe my NSS8 can tap into the advanced features of 4G, and with a single display and no intention of adding another, I think the 3G should be fine.

My use would be for close in navigation of channels, and I also run in an area with quite a few crab trap buoys speckled about the bay, along with a handful of old unlighted pilings. I have tracks for my usual routes, but the additional safety of radar is appealing.

Is there any reason why Simrad's current 3G system wouldn't be sufficient for my needs?
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:51 PM
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3G would be fine, make sure you add a heading sensor like the GS25 to do overlay.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
My wife and I love nighttime boating, and we were recently on a 32 SeaVee that had new Furuno electronics, including an open array, digital radar. Running down the intracoastal at night with radar overlay on the chart was incredible. You could literally see the charted marker under the radar return for that marker, in addition to other boats, islands, etc.

I have a Simrad NSS8 and am heavily considering adding their 3G radar and a heading sensor for overlay. I don't believe my NSS8 can tap into the advanced features of 4G, and with a single display and no intention of adding another, I think the 3G should be fine.

My use would be for close in navigation of channels, and I also run in an area with quite a few crab trap buoys speckled about the bay, along with a handful of old unlighted pilings. I have tracks for my usual routes, but the additional safety of radar is appealing.

Is there any reason why Simrad's current 3G system wouldn't be sufficient for my needs?
A radar will definitely help. But seeing crab traps? That'd be questionable.
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Old 12-07-2017, 12:08 AM
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I have Lowrance 4g on my bay boat. It is really nice to have. With flat water I think you could see crab pot buoys with 3g.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:43 AM
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On this same topic, can I mount the dome directly to the t-top, where the front edge of the dome would be 12"-14" from the front of the t-top outer ring, or should it be mounted on a riser?
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by R Days View Post
I have Lowrance 4g on my bay boat. It is really nice to have. With flat water I think you could see crab pot buoys with 3g.
But the key word here is flat water. Not easy to spot crab traps once sea conditions become bumpier.
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You could mount it directly to the t-top as long as it is close to the front lip. Make sure the angle of the dome is correct. May need a wedge.
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