Merrimac, Hakan, Matt, and others. I am thinking of replacing my 25 yr old Autohelm Radar
which is backstay mounted gimbaled Waltz pole. I like the instant on/off and low power
requirements of Navico Broadband
Radars, however these radars domes are phyically bigger and higher by 1"-2", and weigh about 4 lbs more than my old one. The boat
is a Bristol 32' with a 22' waterline length. The radar
platform is about 9.5' above the deck
, say 12' above the water
, so the effective range is about 12nm depending of course on the height of the distant ship, so being able to see 36nm is kind of meaningless! --Should I wait for a smaller diameter & lighter broadband
radar (which may never happen) or just go ahead with it?
PS: The Garmin
18HD Pulse Radar is a little shorter in height but is not quite as good on power use and instant on.
PSS: Obviously weight in the ends of our boat
with short footprint is not good due to tendency for hobby horsing in steep chop waves of a certain length, and requires heading off 5 degrees. We have not found this to be a significant problem except very occasionally.
PSSS: I forgot to thank you all for your programming and testing on the plugin! This looks like a very real option now.