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Radar - Stern Mount or Mast Mount

So as I'm fitting out our new boat, the most hotly debated question so far has been where to mount the radar. Wasn't expecting that one, as I've always thought it was six in one, half a dozen in the other. But I'm told its very different in terms of range and clarity. So Sailnet, help me decide. Below, I've mentioned pros/cons of each approach. What does your boat have that works best for your and why.

Radar I have: Raymarine RD218 2kw Radome


Mast Mount
  1. PRO: Better range
  2. PRO: Less cluttered cockpit
  3. CON: Need more cable extension - provided 15 meter wont be enough, so minimum of 5 meter additionally needed
  4. CON: Will need to buy a mast mount and climb up on bosun chair to install
  5. CON: Will often catch on 140% Genoa when tacking

Stern Mount
  1. PRO: Will be able to mount wind generator on stern pole above radome
  2. PRO: No interference on tacks at all
  3. PRO: Less cable needed to wire it, provided 15 meter should be plenty
  4. CON: Less range than mast mount
  5. CON: Cluttered stern, will throw balance with that much weight 10' high up
  6. CON: Will need to buy stern pole mount or have one fabricated by stainless steel guy
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