Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife
I doubt you can get combo radar and AIS for $2,000
If you are going to sea day or night i would get the AIS first.
AIS can save your life when you screw up.
A radar cant save your life when you screw up. It can only help when you are right on the ball.
Huh??? Not sure the guys on the recent Shackelton re-enactment would agree, I'm betting on their final approach to King Haakon Bay, they would have preferred to have radar... :-) Radar can have great value as a position-fixing device, after all, especially in a place like this. Radar doesn't 'lie', like charts sometimes can... :-)
Depends where you happen to be sailing at a given time, of course... Western Approaches to the English Channel, I might give AIS the nod... Approaching the Maine coast in thick visibility, on the other hand, or tracking the movement of squalls at night in the Mona Passage, radar wins hands down...