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  1. #1
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    Default is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    having sailed on previous larger boats i really miss a radar more than anything else in the way of modern instruments does anyone know of a genuine small boat radar system with a smallish ( around 200mm ) dome suitable for a 27 foot boat

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    AIS ? ...bit flippant I know ;-)

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    really would like a full radar system if the is one that will fit

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    Furuno used to do one. Think it was the 1600 series. Don't know if they still do it though.

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    sadly i don't think they do , i am amazed i would have thought there was sufficient demand for one worldwide

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    Check e bay for old Furuno Standalone s from the States
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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    The smallest radome I know of is for the JRC1000, which is 300mm diameter if I remember correctly but had been out of production for years.
    I understand that the smaller the antenna the wider the beam, which decreases resolution, but possibly modern solid-state electronics get round that.
    Radar marketing seems to make a thing of maximum range, when I would have thought spotting a small object close by was more useful since GPS makes blind navigation simpler
    De'il ding a divot auf yer wame wi a flaughter spade

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    Quote Originally Posted by dunkelly View Post
    sadly i don't think they do , i am amazed i would have thought there was sufficient demand for one worldwide
    As most people now have plotters, the market has changed to selling radar scanners which work with the plotter to display the radar image - either on its own or overlaid on to a chart. Furuno still offer a standalone radar, but it has a normal sized radome (18" or so) and it's more expensive than buying a plotter and a scanner.

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    do radar scanners pick up everything or are they only for picking up shipping

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    Default Re: is there a genuine small boat radar system ?

    Quote Originally Posted by dunkelly View Post
    do radar scanners pick up everything or are they only for picking up shipping
    They pick up anything which returns a radar echo. So, ships, smaller craft, navigation buoys, coast, buildings, etc. Also rain squalls.

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