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Old 05-08-2019, 04:52 PM
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Anyone run radar on a smaller boat, debating if it's worth it on my 20ft center console

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Personal opinion....if you boat at night, it doesn't matter how long your boat is, the radar will be worth it.
Old 05-08-2019, 05:12 PM
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Just put an older Furuno on my 22' Dusky. Probably won't need it 99% of the time, but there's always that chance fog or severe weather rolls in and it could be a life saver. Mine's an older black and white 2K unit. Not going to show birds at all, but on the Bay the other week it was actually quite useful to find/ follow the fleet of boats out there trolling.
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Personal opinion....if you boat at night, it doesn't matter how long your boat is, the radar will be worth it.
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I consider radar one of my most valuable tools. I would have radar on a 20' boat.
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I just put radar on my 21 foot boat. Plan to run it all the time. I want to get used to what it looks like in case i ever need it in an emergency such as fog or something else such as darkness.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:30 AM
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Mark,, me being on the water alot, (and knowing you fish often too) I have several tales that lead me to say yes!!
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I just installed a Garmin XHD18 on my 21cc. So far this year I've had to use it 3 out of 4 times due to dense fog. Running from the upper Severn out to the main bay, there ALWAYS sailboats taking up the main channel, I'll never go without it again.
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If you plan to run at night or want to be able to fish / run in the fog it's worth it. Otherwise not. I use mine primarily running offshore in the dark. To a lesser extent in the fog, which does crop up sometimes and it's nice to be able to have the radar in my back pocket. Had a 50 miles run in last year in June from the hot dog 98% in thick fog. Was way worse on the ride in than out, which is less common. Just watched the radar and cruised at 25 knots. Would have been a real clencher without that radar. They also can help you find fish (i.e. looking for a cluster of boats), but this is a secondary use case.
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Heck I'd put a spinning array on top of my Tacoma if I could find one small enough. Love boating/fishing just that much. Oh, and a propeller for the rear hitch.
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Had a good line on a lowrance 3g dome which has since expired. Was trying to sell my wife on the safety aspect. Just hard to justify big purchases with my son due in 3 weeks. Wife wants to work towards a boat like Charlie's now to have a cabin for the kiddo. But money doesn't grow on trees lol
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Originally Posted by Mebe007 View Post
Anyone run radar on a smaller boat, debating if it's worth it on my 20ft center console
I have it on my 18' Mckee Craft center console.
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I have radar on my 21' boat. I was thankful for it this past weekend when fog rolled in and vis dropped to less than a mile. There was a tournament on the Chesapeake and a lot of traffic.
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If you need your wife's permission to buy a used radar you have bigger issues
I am teasing you, but if money is tight with a baby on the way- then baby stuff, college fund, etc is more important.

Doubt you will be boating at night much with a newborn anyway.

Once you have a radar and especially if you have had radar and you spot birds working, or your caught in the fog, or its picking up buoys at night- you will never not have one again.

how many hours do you boat a summer? how many times after dark?

Congrats on the kid btw
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You see a lot of small boats up in New England with radar because the fog is so much more prevalent with the colder water temps. We don’t get as much fog down here in the mid Atlantic so its less prevalent on 20’ boats. I would say its worth it if you boat at night or foggy conditions. If you are a fair weather boater, then maybe save your $ and put it towards your next boat.
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i have one on a 21 ft boat, a 4 ft open array,when it’s spinning it looks like a helicopter
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It was a new radar. Lowrance 3g with hds9 gen 3 for 1k with a coupon that expired now. She told me to get it, but I'm not an impulsive buyer. I fish alot at night because well. I work and weekend d weather isn't reliable. I'm not made of money so I wanted to make sure our was worth it. Missed out on that deal for now.

Also is the 3g closed array worth it

Thanks for the props on my boy. I cant wait for him to get here.
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A furuno first watch is about $900, works, easier to install and can be tied to your phone or iPad or both at the same time. Your phone will buzz if an object enters the sentry zone and you don’t have to be at the helm watching the screen. Had it on the small 19’ boat, then moved it to the 21’ and now moving it to the 26’.....for collision avoidance and unlit markers, it can’t be beat. You can add a furuno screen down the road if needed......

congrats in the little one....!
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Originally Posted by Mebe007 View Post
It was a new radar. Lowrance 3g with hds9 gen 3 for 1k with a coupon that expired now. She told me to get it, but I'm not an impulsive buyer. I fish alot at night because well. I work and weekend d weather isn't reliable. I'm not made of money so I wanted to make sure our was worth it. Missed out on that deal for now.

Also is the 3g closed array worth it

Thanks for the props on my boy. I cant wait for him to get here.
I had my dad order one for his boat he already has a raymarine unit on there. he can probably sell the raymarine for 500$ and now he will have a new system for 500. I would deffinatly recommend having one. I dont like running in the fog or pitch black at night with one and for me it's just not worth it. went out for weekfish on one evening of my older boat that didnt have one. got pitch black out I'm out of the inlet, tuns my super bright led lights on and cant see nothing. came in using GPS and going slow but I didnt like the feeling. my next boat had radar and I loved it.

I almost bought one of them lowrance radar kits to put on the shelf just to have for the next boat but with two small kids it may be a year or two without a boat just fishing with friends and family. you cant buy the dome for the price you could have paid for the 9inch touch screen and dome
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Man you guys are killing me. I have a 23 and really want to get one. I use Garmin and would probably go with the Garmin GMR 18. Overtons has it for approx. $1,300.00.
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Originally Posted by Slimrich View Post
Man you guys are killing me. I have a 23 and really want to get one. I use Garmin and would probably go with the Garmin GMR 18. Overtons has it for approx. $1,300.00.
Get the 18 XHD, paid $1200 from Hodges

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