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thejtdude 12-22-2020 12:11 PM

Radar pole on a cabin cruiser motor boat?
Radar pole on a cabin cruiser motor boat?

Been searching high and low for some feedback and ideas on this. I am installing a Simrad Halo 20+ unit on my 24 foot Four Winns cabin cruiser.

I sort of feel like a radar arch is overkill at times. Changes the lines of the boat, adds weight and things to navigate around when moving about the boat. I understand it has many additional functions like good mounting points and rod holders etc. I am not apposed to installing a radar arch but am not convinced and totally in love with the idea. The radar arch would be the tower in a box by Atlantic towers.

My second option which I am leaning towards is installing the radar dome onto an Edson Marine pole mount. There are a few different ways I can install the pole but the most secure method I have thought of is to have the pole pass through the top of the gunwale and secured to the hull of the boat with a mounting plate preventing issues in big boat roles with a secure mounting to the hull and a brace in the gunwale its self. The pole would be just tall enough for the radar dome to clear my bimini.
I see tons of examples of these poles on sailboats but really none on power boats with the exception of the occasional boat with a flybridge needing to mount the radar above heads on the flybridge.

Is there a reason for this that I am missing in my research? Can you all help me figure out the pros and cons to a pole mounted radar over a radar arch? The pole mounted radar just feels like a more clean install, less infrastructure to accomplish the same goal of simply mounting the radar dome above my bimini.

The boat is moored in the Boston harbor.

Thanks in advance.


Tomtep 12-22-2020 12:33 PM

In my opinion, the pole would be ugly. A radar arch would look much better. I know looks are subjective and you should do what you think would look better.

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