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Re: how long does radar equipment last?
No hard and fast rules, but technology (even in the marine space) is rapidly evolving right now. The new integrated plotters and 3g/4g radars from Navico/Simrad/Lowrance/B&G are amazing...simply game changing in my opinion. I *wish* Raymarine had a similar product since I prefer their plotters.
In any case, my rule of thumb is that if it costs more than 50% or even close to 50% to repair an old piece of equipment...then its time to upgrade/replace.
Right now, I see Raymarine's last generation analog radome at Defender for $900. You'd have to add a head unit/plotter to that plus an extension cable to the mix for another $1700 or so. Plus installation labor which will go for 2 days @ $100 an hour, but you can do it yourself and save that. Sometimes there are radar value packages that bundle plotter+dome for a lot less...haven't seen one in a while though from Raymarine though.
If I were you, I'd be scouring eBay looking for a radar + plotter package in good shape that was taken off a vessel by an owner with lots of cash that just wanted the latest/greatest.
Last edited by night0wl; 04-16-2012 at 10:32 AM.