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post #2 of Old 03-18-2008
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A few years ago when I installed my new Furuno radar system, I researched backstay-mounted fittings pretty thoroughly, including calling manufacturers, talking to others, reading everything I could find, etc.

At that time, I determined that this was NOT the way to go, since the available alternatives were expensive, unreliable, badly supported, and prone to failure. Also, I never liked the idea of attaching something like a 24" radome to my backstay. Decided in the end to go with a Kato pole on the stern, and have been very happy with that.

Things may have changed in the interim (about 4 years), but if I were re-doing it today I'd definitely again opt for the Kato pole.

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