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Old 16-11-2011, 13:36   #1
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Radar for the Mahe ?

I am looking to put a radar unit on my boat. I don't need anything fancy but want to focus on low weight, low power consumption and of course low cost (I realize I only can get two of the three!).
Any suggestions?
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Old 17-11-2011, 09:47   #2
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Re: Radar for the Mahe?

Lori

Most Mahes are using an 18 inch Radome mounted just above the mast spreader.

Most sailors use a Radome that matches the chart plotter they have at the helm.

I have a Garmin chartplotter with a Garmin 18 inch Radome.
My friend Al on his (Mahe) Southern Cross has a Raymarine chartplotter with a Raymarine 18 inch Radome.

All the 18inch Radome’s are pretty light. I installed mine myself. Just bring it up to mount using a halyard.

The only low power radome right now is made by Navico/Simrad/Lowrance/Northstar and they use the new Broadband Radar

Most Mahes are using these Radomes:
Raymarine
Garmin
Furuno

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Old 17-11-2011, 20:12   #3
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Thanks for the input Mark. I dont have a chart plotter (use macbook pro, ipad, iphone) so I am open to use any radar I want. Of course I will have to get a separate monitor for it because as far as I can tell none of the radar units will output to any screens except their own propriatary ones. If I am wrong about this and there is a radar that will output to computer please let me know.
Those broadband radars look interesting...I will have to take a look at those.
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Old 18-11-2011, 06:35   #4
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Lori,

The only PC based radar I know of is Nobeltec.
They make a Nobeltec InSight Radar 2
IR2-HD2 2Kw 17" Radome that can connect directly to a PC using a Ethernet cable.

I think you need to use their software also.

I like the broadband radar imaging and low low power use also, but do not care for the company making them.

I really like the simplicity of a dedicated radar/chartplotter system. Always at the ready, turn it on and it works.

If I were installing a new system today I would get a Garmin 740 with a Garmin GMR 18 HD radome.
This whole system cost around $2300

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Old 18-11-2011, 06:55   #5
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

If you want low energy consumption...take a look at a broadband radar.
The latest is the Navico 4G (4th generation radar) which just recently was released. Cost about 1700 USD. Starts up immediately - no need to wait for warm up.

Navico is same as Simrad and Lowrance.
Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog: Navico Broadband Radar 4G, the launch demo
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Mark:

I may have to add radar to my new purchase...before it leaves Tortola. Some captains seem to want it for night running. The Caribbean's Leading Chandlery - Budget Marine seems to be the only act down there but with limited selectivity. Think ordering up here and shipping down there for installation is viable? My boat has a Furuno Navnet 3D MFD8 chartplotter but I'd think going with a full new packaged radar rather than try to mate something to the existing plotter would be best. Regards, Bob
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

I like my Lowrance broadband and it is set to overlay on our Simrad NSE-8. I think if you poke around on the internet you may find dedicated chat groups that can help you integrate the radar to your laptop. You may need to replace the software with a higher end package. Talk to the guys selling the software. They are certain to have dealt with this. If there is a boat show in your area many of the software vendors will be there.
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Seastream,

Just add a Furuno NavNet 3D / TZT Ultra High Definition (UHD) Digital Radar 19" dome and your all done. Should just plug into the Furuno Navnet 3D MFD8 chartplotter you already have installed.
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Cotemar, I didn't see that on either WM or Budget Marine. Who sells them?
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Once again, I didn't look far enough. Defender has it. Question is, do I buy and ship it to Tortola (shipping's a TON) or can their 'Budget Marine' (only act in the BVI's) get it and then the yard install it? If it arrives broken or doesn't work after install, I'm stuck.
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Seastream

You can get it at defender.com $2,057.99 + shipping and whatever else.

I've bought from them before and was very happy with price and sevice even with shipping to Canada.
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Old 04-10-2012, 16:09   #12
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Thanks all, ordered and done. Looking into paper charts now and considering a set for the ICW in case things get hairy as we proceed northward.
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Seastream,

You may want to consider and IPad. Can use it as a backup for navigating.
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Re: Radar for the Mahe ?

Hm...wife has wanted an iPad for some time but I don't think I could get her one, then abscond to Tortola with it. I've got an HP notebook that'll work with the Maptech CD's I have, so I may take that. Need a USB gps for it though.
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