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Old 03-12-2009, 16:07   #1
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Radar Reliability

Which Radar has best reputation for reliability?
Furuno or Raymarine
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Old 03-12-2009, 17:17   #2
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Take a look at the fishing fleet around you. If it is like most, they will be 80%+ Furuno.

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Old 03-12-2009, 18:46   #3
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Take a look at the fishing fleet around you. If it is like most, they will be 80%+ Furuno.

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While I am not disagreeing with Paul, I would caution that there could be other factors involved other than strictly reliability. I don't know for sure (whether Furuno is cheaper), but pricing often has a large impact on purchasing decisions (eg. fishing fleet).
Also, technology changes so check out what the current situation is. Maybe Broadband or HD will better meet your needs.? Check out reviews, ask questions on forums (however, you will often find most people like what THEY have chosen), and look for articles in magazines.
Anyway, hopefully this is more help than hindrance,
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First hand experience:

I've owned both a Furuno and Raytheon (which later bacame Raymarine) radars. The Raytheon radar was actually made by JRC, but sold under the Raytheon label. It wasn't bad, but the radome developed a crack (probably my fault when I overtightened one of the screws holding it down), and I couldn't get a replacement from Raymarine. Fortunately, I was able to get the part from JRC. I replaced it with the Furuno a few laers later when the magnetron died. When I had the two units side by side, I was struck by how much more rugged was the mechanical construction of the Furuno. So far the Furuno has been 100% reliable, but I have had it only 3 years.

General reputation: I believe Furuno is widely regarded as the more reliable brand.
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Not just fishing boats, but look at other commercial boats. Same answer....Furuno.
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Firehoser, the question was reliability. So Furuno has been doing it right for decades.
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