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labatt...we've used 2Kw on 2 different boats and sailed in Maine fog and lots of other places and NEVER once wished we had the larger units. On one trip back from the Bahamas we used it to successfully dodge a series of late afternoon T-boomers that had some gaps. Also used it to pick up buoys on the wider open parts of the ICW and sea buoys for inlet approaces. I suppose you can get better target discrimination with the higher power but the range is still limited by the horizon. When used in combination with a chartplotter it is hard to go too far wrong with even a basic radar IMHO.
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We were caught in some very heavy fog last Thanksgiving weekend, and our JRC 1000, to our surprise, even picked out a bunch of kids trying to race Lasers and Laser2s at a good distance. This is about the smallest radar you can get, it's served us well for our needs - if something is still more than 5 or 6 miles away it's not our problem (yet!)

So far the only thing that we seem to have trouble "seeing" is a small, fast runabout.
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labatt...we've used 2Kw on 2 different boats and sailed in Maine fog and lots of other places and NEVER once wished we had the larger units.
Glad to hear it! I've got the Raymarine C70 and am just in the process of having the radar (and the fluxgate compass/smart heading sensor for better MARPA performance) installed. I got worried for a minute that I would have to call and get the 4KW unit!
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I have the RLC70 (with chartplotter)...no worries...it'll work for ya...besides...how much do ya need on Lake Champlain?
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I have the RLC70 (with chartplotter)...no worries...it'll work for ya...besides...how much do ya need on Lake Champlain?
Actually, I've only encountered fog on the lake on a very rare occasion. I'm getting it since we'll be doing our trip from Annapolis to Lake Champlain at the end of April, which is notoriously horrible for fog on the Delaware, around Cape May, in New York Harbor and up the Hudson due to cold water temperature and rising air temperatures. Then, the following year, we'll be taking her to Cape Cod and (possibly) Maine for the season. (Plus I like gadgets, and radar integrated with a chartplotter definitely qualifies ). Of course, I could use a side scan sonar to help me find Champ (our version of the Loch Ness Monster).
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I like the new Si-Tex ColorMax Series comes in diferent screen sizes and can handle chart depth guage and chart plotting. I have a GPS antenna so will just buy the 10 inch unit and maybe a radar ad on antenna eventually, hoefullly it will integrate with my depth guage and I can look at everything on one screen mounted on the wheel or near to it.

I like Si-Tex branad because I have a Si-Tex gps unit (came with the boat) that won't die and it's older than dirt and still works. It was pre-chart plotter unit, I'm guessing.

Let us know what you went with and how it worked for you.
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My RL70C, repater at steering, master at nav station, served me well 20.000 miles from Norway to Malaysia.
The installation however should be well planned depending of sailing area and use. I put mine on a seperate mast at the stern. Drop by my page and have a look.
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Fog still happens and it gets dark every night. These create two problems, piloting (Where are we?) and collision avoidance (What's out there?)

There are solutions to the first of these short of GPS that are workable (Log, lead, lookout and variations.) The problem of reduced visibility is less tractable, and makes a radar more attractive to me in terms of cost benefit. I'd rather have a small radar first and perhaps a primitive handheld GPS if needed for position finding second.

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Be careful with the Garmin radars - some of the antennas are HUGE compared with other manufacturers.

Also, the 4kw units are far more preferable for the incremental cost difference and make a big difference in discrimination. Any 2 kw unit can pick up proximite tugs towing barges - with the 4kw units, you'll see the tow cable

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K1vsk....that's why i recommended waiting for the new GMR18 dome...only 18 inches and it IS 4kw with all electronics inside the dome for LESS than grand so you just plug it into the chartplotter I recommend and you are in business...good and small and cheap. My comments on 2Kw being completely acceptible were separate from the product recommendation response.
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