Time for me to dip into the wisdom of the crowd.
I have on my boat
an old Raytheon
, which I seriously consider replacing in the next 12 months.
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are rather simple based on a NMEA-0183 network with an Wifi
gateway to allow my ipad
to function as a chart-plotter. I'm quite happy with this setup and I don't really want to get a fully integrated NMEA-2000 suits. It doesn't give me enough fun-value for the € I'd have to spend. I guess, I need a stand-alone radar.
Because I don't have tons of solar
either, I would prefer a radar with small power consumption
. The old Raytheon
is really sucking those Ah like no tomorrow.
I'll be cruising mostly along the barefoot route
, no intention to go to Greenland
, New England
or other areas where you have to have a radar installed in the head
to find your butt half the year. I guess I'll use it mostly to track squalls and as an alarm
in addition to AIS
when sailing solo.
As a matter of little importance, I have some sympathy for Furuno
as a brand, but I'm in no way hung up on them. I'm not such a big fan of Garmin
, but that wouldn't stop me buying
from them, if they have the right product from me.
- Under these circumstances, what would you recommend?
- Are those newfangled digital solid state doppler radars a good option for me?
- What size makes sense for my use?
- Has the development in this area stabilised or are some developments on the horizon worth waiting for?
- Would it make sense to skip the project at all?