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Old 08 May 2013, 04:21   #1
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Hi all, I have been searching for Radar that works properly on a RIB for search and rescue but is practical. The latest Rumour I hear is about Kelvin Hughes SCV but there does not seem to be much info. Anyone else know anything?
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Old 08 May 2013, 04:41   #2
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Hi all, I have been searching for Radar that works properly on a RIB for search and rescue but is practical. The latest Rumour I hear is about Kelvin Hughes SCV but there does not seem to be much info. Anyone else know anything?
I believe it that it's not available to the public.

I may yet be proved wrong there, but apparently it's export controlled technology at the moment.
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Hi all, I have been searching for Radar that works properly on a RIB for search and rescue but is practical. The latest Rumour I hear is about Kelvin Hughes SCV but there does not seem to be much info. Anyone else know anything?
I would think it would depend on what sort of Search and Rescue you're doing and the size of the boat - what have you tried that doesn't work properly and why?
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I was talking to a radar instructor and he said that 95% of people on his courses who already had/used radar on there vessels could not interpret the screens on front of them before the course but they all insisted they could!!
He suggested that if fitting radar go on the training course for the particular system that you are buying
I have also been told by others that if you have radar fitted you need a cert of competence - does anybody know if this is correct?
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I don't think the SCV is available for sale to the public, either. However, if it was a national institution like the RNLI or a governmental search and rescue organisation like they have overseas, Im sure they would be able to obtain the radar for SAR use. Im not aware of any requirement for private boat owners to have radar certification in the UK. Large commercial vessel users need to though.
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I was talking to a radar instructor and he said that 95% of people on his courses who already had/used radar on there vessels could not interpret the screens on front of them before the course but they all insisted they could!!
He suggested that if fitting radar go on the training course for the particular system that you are buying
I have also been told by others that if you have radar fitted you need a cert of competence - does anybody know if this is correct?
You don't need a cert of competence, but you need to add it to your ships radio licence, along with your PLB, epirb, Sea Me etc.
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I would think it would depend on what sort of Search and Rescue you're doing and the size of the boat - what have you tried that doesn't work properly and why?
Looking for a MOB head bobbing about in 3m waves??

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Hi all, I have been searching for Radar that works properly on a RIB for search and rescue but is practical. The latest Rumour I hear is about Kelvin Hughes SCV but there does not seem to be much info. Anyone else know anything?
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I don't think the SCV is available for sale to the public, either. However, if it was a national institution like the RNLI or a governmental search and rescue organisation like they have overseas, Im sure they would be able to obtain the radar for SAR use. Im not aware of any requirement for private boat owners to have radar certification in the UK. Large commercial vessel users need to though.
Well would you believe that despite Kelvin Hughes turning over around 60 million they can't find 100 for trade membership. They are presumably new to social media and think that by surreptitiously posting they will be able to generate interest in their products - rather than going for the more straightforward approach.

Perhaps the Directors of Kelvin Hughes would like to take a leaf out of Airhull SA's book?

Of course I could be wrong and its all a coincidence that two of the posters on this thread have links to the names of Area Sales Managers at Kelvin Hughes.
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personnaly I'm loving my Simrad Broadband 4Gx radar, far far better than the set it replaced which was made by some other company
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He suggested that if fitting radar go on the training course for the particular system that you are buying
I have also been told by others that if you have radar fitted you need a cert of competence - does anybody know if this is correct?
Spoken as a person selling courses I would imagine he would say that! Try talking to someone who has been on a course - as for certificate of competence whoever told you that little gem walk past them next time!
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