Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Lake Tahoe....boat is in SF Bay
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Re: Pacific Northwest sailors: How often do you use radar?
I wouldn't be in the sound with out radar and AIS. been in pea soup where we could barely see the front of the boat. with ais we could see the ferries and freighters and their direction and speed. With radar both the big ships, rocks and little fishing boats. The new(ish) digital radar is great on a sailboat for its close up discrimination. Can see buoys and kyakers etc.
I also find radar useful when anchoring. overlaying on the chart plotter can tell how far away we are from other boats and rocks.
Unless you only day sail on nice days....don't leave home without it!