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My radar is on a pole at the stern about 10 feet up, so I can't be much help on your installation, but the higher you go, the greater the "dead zone" on the high side when the boat heals unless it is a self leveling mount. Also beyond about 8 miles out mostly you will see very big (tall) ships (not sailing "tall ships") beyond the horizon and airplanes because of the earth curvature; and the "dead space" immediately in front of the boat also extends further out.
If you are doing off shore work, obviously you want the longer distance, but for coastal cruising, I like the close in visibility.
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