I bought a boat that has a working Raytheon
(the old CRT one).
Id like to upgrade by buying
a new or used LCD radar
unit that I can use with my existing radome (also Raytheon) mostly for the power savings of going to the LCD from the CRT.
Later, as funds allow, I'd like to upgrade the radome to one of the newer digital ones...HD, 3G etc...
My question is: is there a display unit I can buy now that I will be able to plug
my radome into and then upgrade just the radome to digital in the future and keep the LCD display?
The boat also has a Hummingbird 788c GPS
chart plotter/fish finder, that includes a chart chip for the Pacific US
Of course, Id love to upgrade to a combo plotter/3G radar but since both of the units I have on board are working, its not something I want to throw $2,500+ at right now.
Like I said, the radar works fine for it's age, but has none of the bells and whistles of the newer ones.
I have 400 amp hours of house batteries and 400watts of solar panels
and the stock alt. on the Yanmar diesel
. The Power drain to run the CRT is huge compared to an LCD display.
Thanks for your time!