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Old 13-04-2015, 14:19   #1
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Radar Placement

What is the consensus on which position for the radar on the boat. Middle of mast, on top of a davit, or a pole astern. I was thinking maybe in the mast it has more coverage but more prone to getting hammered in foul weather. Any opinions?


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Old 13-04-2015, 20:33   #2
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Re: Radar Placement

Higher indeed gets you better coverage (distance) and less likely to stick your head into the beam (a warning from some manufacturers). If its well protected from fouling on sails/running rigging and securely mounted then mid mast is not an issue. Mine has been there for over a decade. Its inside the diamond stays on cat so inheriently protected from fouling.
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Old 13-04-2015, 23:52   #3
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You may consider something like this :
Scanstrut – Self Levelling Radar Mount - Mast


Useful if you sail fast in areas with lots of traffic.
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Old 14-04-2015, 01:44   #4
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Re: Radar Placement

Mine is on a post at the stern. OK the range is compromised at 9 miles or so, but that is the only problem. The advantages are:

Reduced weight aloft.
Won't get battered by sails, a friend managed to tear his radar off the mast with the genoa.
When the drive belt broke on my radar it was a simple step ladder job.
My AIS antenna is mounted on the same mast.
Useful place to wear the ensign.
Should I have to replace my radar, I will consider fitting an open array scanner, which are considered superior to the radome sort.
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Old 14-04-2015, 06:37   #5
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Mast. Main or mizzen if you have one.
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Old 14-04-2015, 06:49   #6
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Re: Radar Placement

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Mast. Main or mizzen if you have one.
With a ketch, is it preferable to have it on the main or mizzen?
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Old 14-04-2015, 18:12   #7
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Re: Radar Placement

While I cannot comment intelligently on the best location: mine sits just above the spreaders on the mizzen.
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Old 14-04-2015, 18:15   #8
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Mount to mast! Have a circular, tubular hoop made for it. Ours has been mast mounted for 33 yrs., with never a problem.
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Ours is mounted to the mast.
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On the mast using a proper mount.

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