Which Radar to Buy - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 06-10-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
tadds is on a distinguished road
Which Radar to Buy

OK my 1975 vintage Furuno Radar bit the bucket and I am looking for recommendations for a replacement. I sail in Casco Bay Maine which gets lots of fog on short notice in July and August. The traffic gets heavy too around Portland harbor so radar is essential equipment. I use a handheld GPS so I am not sure I would need the overlay variety radar. Just an easy and simple unit.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 06-10-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 476
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
negrini is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to negrini Send a message via Yahoo to negrini Send a message via Skype™ to negrini
Tadds, I did a search some time ago for my own unity. I red Practical Sailor review on several unities, and found Furuno and Raymarine, by far, the best ones. In fact, I went to 3 different boatshows and had the opportunity to see it operating demo mode, and did "click" all the buttons, for JRC, Garmin, Furuno and Raymarine. I concluded that all of them has same basic functions, and some chart overlay. I could not compare the real stuff, like target discrimination, but I found Raymarine pretty straight forward compared to the others. Menus, "clicks", pages, etc .. were very intuitive to me, taking a 5 min to get used to the unity. I got the E80 screen, with 2KW radar antena, and use it for 2 years now. Chart overlay was my major requeriment, but confess I use it rarely, as the screen become too overloaded with information making hard to tell things. I found the radar/chart side-by-side screen much more controlable and far easier to see. Marpa is also very usefull (I have gyro info on net), but could live without a target tracking. Alarms is a must, and use it so frequently that I can't imagine how could I live without that before. Another point of choice was the extensive dealers support. I installed a Furuno at a friend's boat (he's happy with the radar anyway), but it was a nightmare to contact support services for cabling, extension and options, that we decided to install it in a different location without accessories. The unity (B&W screen) has very crispy discrimination, good size (7") and function very well, but I missed the easy of use, as needed to go over the manual o couple of times to remind me some functions. In the other hand, Raymarine provide a full web support, that works 90%+ of times you need them.

Last edited by negrini; 06-10-2008 at 11:50 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 06-10-2008
camaraderie's Avatar
moderate?
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
On a straight radar, I agree with Negrini that it is hard to beat Raymarine...but from a recreational sailor viewpoint and a budget orientation, I like the Garmin approach if a chartplotter is to be integrated....even though I own a Ray combo radar/plotter myself. Ray let me down on mapping and compatibility going forward and if I want to upgrade my plotter I have to throw out all my charts. That is poor concern for existing customers in my book.
__________________
No longer posting. Reach me by PM!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 06-10-2008
Idiens's Avatar
Larus Marinus
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Brussels
Posts: 1,756
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Idiens is on a distinguished road
I've got a JRC1000, about as cheap as they come. It is a lot better than no radar, but of course the resolution is a bit tacky compared to products of twice the price.
__________________
Jonathan-Livingston
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 06-10-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 5,556
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 14
bubb2 has a spectacular aura about bubb2 has a spectacular aura about bubb2 has a spectacular aura about
The raymarine C70 radar package can't be beat for performance or price.

$1899. plus a couple hundred bucks back in rebates

Last edited by bubb2; 06-10-2008 at 01:08 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 06-10-2008
JiffyLube's Avatar
Grasshopper
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oceanside, Ca.
Posts: 894
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
JiffyLube is on a distinguished road
I would get any 4KW model for better target discrimination.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 06-10-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 2,207
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 9
Rockter will become famous soon enough
I bought a JRC 1000, and it works, and has been reliable. It does not have much of a range though. It's not a big unit.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 06-11-2008
Vitesse473's Avatar
Wannabe Sailing Bum
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 142
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Vitesse473 is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by JiffyLube View Post
I would get any 4KW model for better target discrimination.
The 4kw radomes are superior to the 2kw's, and JiffyLube is right on about the extra target discrimination; let alone ability to see through rain. However, you must take into account that benefit versus the size/weight difference that will affect the "Righting Moment" (Rm) on your particular boat. Do not just blindly go get a 4kw without considering the effect it will have on your Righting Moment.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 06-11-2008
JiffyLube's Avatar
Grasshopper
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oceanside, Ca.
Posts: 894
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
JiffyLube is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vitesse473 View Post
The 4kw radomes are superior to the 2kw's, and JiffyLube is right on about the extra target discrimination; let alone ability to see through rain. However, you must take into account that benefit versus the size/weight difference that will affect the "Righting Moment" (Rm) on your particular boat. Do not just blindly go get a 4kw without considering the effect it will have on your Righting Moment.
I have a 4KW radome that is 24" in diameter, that is only 6" in diameter larger than the small 2KW units. The righting effect in my case is practically non existent, with the radome on a backstay pole with self leveling abillity.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 06-11-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 476
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
negrini is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to negrini Send a message via Yahoo to negrini Send a message via Skype™ to negrini
For a 25% more crispy radome, 4KW is only 5% havier (1lb) and 20% hungrier (0.5A) . Real difference is on $$ tag !
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First time sail boat buyer martinojon Boat Review and Purchase Forum 20 05-26-2014 09:16 PM
Fischer Panda Owner''s Forum geoffschultz General Discussion (sailing related) 2 12-29-2003 10:16 PM
Navigating with Radar Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 03-29-2002 07:00 PM
Radar Basics Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 11-14-1999 07:00 PM
Radar Basics Jim Sexton Her Sailnet Articles 0 11-14-1999 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:21 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.