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Old 30 January 2003, 15:34   #11
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Old 30 January 2003, 16:17   #12
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Hi Smokie & welcome

I was looking at radar a few months ago and its till on the books one I get all the other bits sorted out. (spent too much on other goodies )

The only real concern I have with radar is I dont like the idea of transmitting 1.5Kw or more 4 foot from my head

When i get round to fitting radar it will be on a mount about 3 foot above the A frame, this keeps it away from me and others and gives you greater range, which even at this height will be very short.

Go for a radar, their uses are limited on a rib, but when you need one you will be glad to nave one.

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Old 30 January 2003, 16:39   #13
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I have a radar and twice last year while making offshore passage hit thick fog ( < 20m ). Without it my concern for safety would have caused me to turn back.

With radar I carried on at 35 knots with the crew ranging up and down looking for boats and other objects.

Mounted on a RIB you wont get the distance but will be able to see anything that will hit you. All I need to know.

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Old 30 January 2003, 19:50   #14
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Radar & auto pilot

Welcome smokie.
I use both and they are my favorite instruments. Radar is the only instrument that actually shows you what is there. There have been times where a mass of low lying islands were impossible to distiguish from each other because, in a rib, your view is very low. The radar puts them in perspective. I've also missed seeing a boat, on a few occasions, but the radar has alerted me. If you've been out on the water for a while, you are likely to get brain fade and the radar is invaluable. In mist, how else are you going to know what's there? Once you've got one, you'll find all sorts of situations where it will be useful. The same goes for the auto pilot. Cruising at night, set the auto pilot to read your gps waypoint and watch out on your radar. Keep a lookout as well of course. If you need to pee in rough conditions, set the pilot and set the engine to low speed. You can keep the boat's head to sea to prevent you being at the mercy of the waves at a critical time! Like the radar, you'll find all sorts of situations where it's helpful. It can be particularly useful if you boat single handed. If you have the dosh, buy them. You won't be sorry. Ignore advice from those who have had very little experience of that which they are advising about. Look out, there's always a smart arse about. Hope this helps the decision.
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Old 30 January 2003, 20:49   #15
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Thanks for the advice JWalker. Makes sense.
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Old 30 January 2003, 20:55   #16
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Re: Radar

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Do you ever see the need of having radar?
Whilst I prefer to keep my boating to good weather there is always the possiblity of something going wrong or weather closing in and you finding yourself in a pea souper.

So if I had the money then a radar I would have.

Sadly for me it will have to wait but it is on my list of wants.

If it gets used but once to avoid other boats/ships/objects then to me it would be worth every penny.
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Old 30 January 2003, 21:06   #17
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Actually, thank you to everyone that contributed. Very good input. I look at radar as 4-wheel drive on truck. You may not always need it, but when you do you're glad to have it.

It will be good to know that if the fog does come, I'll be able to continue safely on my journey.
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Old 31 January 2003, 07:29   #18
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I have been reading th last few posts on Radars and fog etc, and was amazed to read some one in vis of less than 20m's happily traveling at 35 kts!!!!!!!!!

No 1 rule in fog guys even with a radar SLOW down.

things will creap up very quickly in poor vis
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Old 31 January 2003, 08:12   #19
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Did i mention that I had a beer in one hand and a scotch egg in the other while doing 35kn in fog !

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Old 31 January 2003, 11:06   #20
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While the female passenger was doing something completly illegal!
On a positive note, the radar is only as good as the oporater. reading what is on the screen at anything more than 10 knots in difficult conditions can be quite hard.
If I had to make a choice and "drop" either my chart plotter or radar, the radar would be over the side. A decent high speed plotter with a set of decent charts will allow you to drive the boat blind if you have too. Linked to a decent autopilot you can ( and we have on many occasions) driven theboat into strange harbours electronicaly using the chart plotter as a head up display. Of course, it goes without saying that we still have a man in the bow with a radio link just in case and my boating is somewhat different to most, but how I long to turn the clock back.Welcome aboard Smokie Alan P
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