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Flat out, I would rank radar over almost everything, including a chart plotter. I would rank it over a wind indicator. I might rank it over speed, not depth though.

AIS is only good for ships. You will use your radar for COUNTLESS things outside of ships - from storms to oil rigs, to markers, to other (smaller) boats. THe list is too vast to name out everything.

You can get by without radar, but at those times when you need it, you will really wish you had it. AIS ranks at the very bottom of the things I would prioritize.

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Magma makes a radar?

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Yeah, just take the extra half step and go with Radar, well worth it, you won't regret it. As said before, one harbor entry in fog makes it worth it.
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Magma makes a radar?
That is the radar reflector.

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OK, I'll pile on -- RADAR!!!!!
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I have had radar on my boat for 10 years and it has probably only been used 20 times, but it makes life a lot more comfortable for those critical times than anything else....at night (to see other ships, boats and marks), in the fog (to see everything else), in the Chesapeake bay to see other boats in overnight races; however, if I didn't sail at night and was only in the Chesapeake Bay, it's not worth it.

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Neither is mandatory, but if you're going to add one or the other, definite radar. In two years, I've only really needed it once, but managed to get by without it.

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Flat out, I would rank radar over almost everything, including a chart plotter. I would rank it over a wind indicator. I might rank it over speed, not depth though.
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Yes, yes and yes. Radar is indispensable. You never realize how much so until you actually need it and use it. I would highly recommend getting a heading sensor (or other hardware necessary) in order to be able to use MARPA. MARPA will allow you to mark and track radar targets, bearings and speed. You only need to be out in the fog or night (on purpose or without choice) once to understand its usefulness.

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I assume you have gotten the message by now, but I will add one more stick to the pile. I am debating adding a second radar to the boat. Nuff said.

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