I have a 37 foot sloop rigged boat with a "sugar scoop" type of walk thru transom. I am looking to install a chartplotter, radar (2Kw), dinghy davits, and outboard motor davit. In the future, I will probably want to install solar panels.
For mounting the radar dome, what do you think of gimballed backstay mounts (I have a split backstay)? Do you think I would be better served with having a radar arch installed that might meet all of these needs. If using an arch, could I not install the radar on it as well as use the arch for the dinghy davits and outboard davit (and in the future add solar panels)?
I understand that a stainless arch will probably weigh about 100 lbs. and the dinghy is an Aquapro 9 foot RIB. What about mast mounted radar (too much weight up high, sail wear, etc.)?
I am hoping for opinions, advise, personal experiences, pros and cons, to assist me with my (expensive no matter what I do, unless I don't do it) decision.
Thanks in advance for your help,