Up until last year there was a british website selling new units (different model than the survivalsafety units) for about $500+shipping. Can't seem to find the website anymore... I don't know if you can contact survivalsafety.com and still buy a new one or not, but they don't have any contact links on their website.
I'm guessing it's used units only from here on out. When I bought mine, I did enough research
to decide it was worth owning. But, I sold it knowing one day I'll be able to afford an actual radar. I still think a CARD is a good option for people looking for extremely low power consumption
and/or don't want to spring for a $1500 radar. Even better when combined with AIS. Much less power on active duty than a sleeping radar unit....
I think if anyone decides they want one, anything (in good condition) under $500 is gonna be a good price
. Take whatever you find because they are few and far between.
Sam, good to here you were able to test it. As far as I know, it'll pick up any radar activity within about 7-12 miles. Not sure if it only looks for marine frequencies or not, but It's definitely only meant for open ocean sailing
The only person I know that actually used one, is a guy named Nick jaffe who sailed his Contessa 26 from Europe
. Before I bought mine, I emailed him and asked his opinion. He said he'd buy it again under the same circumnstances. Without being able to afford a radar, and only having a very small battery
bank and minimal charging
power, it was the best piece-of-mind gear
he had on the boat.