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Old 27 October 2010, 10:56   #1
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Any opinions on fitting Radar to RIB?

Looked at Lowrance Broadband Radar today to add to HDS 8 I ordered a couple of weeks ago, if it ever arrives!

Does any one have any experience with this system?

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Old 27 October 2010, 11:05   #2
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There's a lot of info here http://www.panbo.com/archives/2009/0...ng_part_2.html
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you fit radar, and you will be ahead of me in tech!

cant have that you know!!
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According to the dealer the broadband radar just plugs in to the HDS unit.

I tried the dome on the A frame and its not as big as I thought, doesn't look too big any way, they also have a stainless frame for the all round white that curves round the dome.

We'll see.......
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I have radar, at the time it was an extravagance, but now I wouldn't be without it. If it has MARPA capability, all the better. Mine is conventional, not broadband or digital. The HD systems are even better, similar to going from ordinary sonar to structure scan.
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Pikey Dave, is this your rib?
http://rib.net/forum/attachment.php?...4&d=1288023728

If it is, do you have any pictures of the top of the A frame?
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It'll be common place soon enough, top marks to Lowrance for getting in there. Getting the cost of the radome will be where the battle will be fought.
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This is the one I was looking at today....

http://www.lowrance.com/Products/Mar...oadband-Radar/

It does look impressive.
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Pikey Dave, is this your rib?
http://rib.net/forum/attachment.php?...4&d=1288023728

If it is, do you have any pictures of the top of the A frame?
That's me, here's another

AFAIK "Broadband" radar is only good for short ranges, which on a RIB isn't a problem due to the mounting height. The best I can reliably get is about 6-8 miles in good conditions & depending on the target. Things like cliffs & storms show up at about 10 miles, container ships & other big stuff are good for about 6-8 miles. Small boats & RIBs etc, 2-3 miles. It's handy when you're diving as you can target the big stuff with MARPA & keep an eye on it.
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