I need a radar
and now would be a good time to install it as the boat is undergoing other maintenance
. I went to the St. Pete Strictly Sail Show to get some ideas but there was only one vendor there and they were into big, elaborate electronic systems.
The basic conflict is between a 'simple' 18" monochrome LCD system at about $1,500 or a 'combo' radar/chart plotter at $3,500. I would go w/ the combo except that the nav cards they use are proprietary and very expensive. I think that some time in the near future it will be possible to use the free NOAA charts
w/ at least one brand of chart plotter. Also, I don't like the combo thing in that one bad transisitor can shut down both functions.
I went to the Furuno
(my preferred brand) site and truly wish they had a 'buy this one' button. I was left confused as to whether one can buy just a radar
or all but the simplest systems come w/ chart plotting as a standard feature. Also there didn't seem to be any mention of MARPA which I would like to have if possible.
I'd appreciate any guidance in this 'quest'.