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Old 18 November 2004, 06:00   #1
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Radar - big boys toy or essential safety equipment?
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Old 18 November 2004, 06:03   #2
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Surely it depends. If all you're gonna do is pootle up and down Southampton Water on nice summer days, it's a big boy's toy. If you're into serious off shore cruising it's an essential safety item!
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Old 18 November 2004, 06:09   #3
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And only useful if you know how to read it!
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Something else to distract you from looking where you are going?
Mind you, your part of the world is a little prone to fog. Could be useful on those balmy summer days when everything suddenly goes white.

Louise is about right.
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Radar - big boys toy or essential safety equipment?
Agree with Louise, but I came back up to Inverkip last night, well at 0130hrs this morning, (about 12Nm) in a F7-9 gusting and used only it and a Plotter as I couldnt see with the spray etc.
If I was to chose between a Plotter or a Radar I would have the Radar every time.
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Something else to distract you from looking where you are going?
Mind you, your part of the world is a little prone to fog. Could be useful on those balmy summer days when everything suddenly goes white.

Louise is about right.

You wanna try Guernsey......the only place I know in the world that can be blowing a force 5 and still foggy! Deep Joy!
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I would say that radar is higher on my list than a plotter. Radar will show you the unexpected things where as a plotter is really only a short cut tool for trip planning which can be done by chart and compass alone.

The only thing that worries me is that they can give you a false sense of security which might make you keep less of a lookout. Des
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The only thing that worries me is that they can give you a false sense of security which might make you keep less of a lookout. Des
Talking of which, if you're involved in an incident and your radar wasn't switched on you can be in trouble for not keeping an adequate watch (or words to that effect).
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I would have to agree with Louise too.

Not an essential in most cases but crusing and commercial a must.
Saw the New Garmin radar yesterday, looks very good.

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I had been thinking along the lines of the Raymarine C series display that combines radar / gps / fishfinder all in one. With an Icom radio of course.
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