Originally Posted by jackiepitts
Does anyone know what kind of range the BR24 has? We are in the market for a new radar and although radar clarity close in would be very helpful we feel the majority of times we rely on radar is for spotting obstacles at distances further out so we are wondering if the broadband radars are capable for off shore work and if so what the type of clarity would you get at say 15 miles?
In my experience, the BR24 is good for about 12 miles, somewhat better in very good atmospheric conditions. Rain cells are visible up to around 15 miles. The BR24 is, IMO, unbeatable for separation and clarity for close in work and especially for spotting fishing
floats etc at night. I tend to use it with the range stepped down to 3 miles and much less if I'm concerned about finding very small targets. If you want to use it for spotting ships a distance away, it also does that very well within the range limitations mentioned above.
The 'instant on' ability really does work with about 6 seconds needed to fill the screen
on the first sweep and the absence of a 'bang' area is a big plus.
How high you mount it will have some effect on the range.
From what I read, there are big changes coming, so if you can hold off for another season, you may get MARPA or ARPA built in or as an option.
All that said, I'm a bit ambivalent about recommending it for a blue water
boat with just the one radar, that may be because of the way it's use has evolved on my boat. Other people have told me that they use it for all their needs.
I've no connection to the company etc