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Old 28 September 2023, 17:18   #1
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who has Radar on their Rib? I've just bought a Garmin unit and I'm trying to work out the best way to mount. Do people tend to mount direct on top of the A-Frame, or on short riser? I think it might be a bit close to people's heads direct on top. But equally, I dont want it too high up
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Old 28 September 2023, 18:24   #2
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who has Radar on their Rib? I've just bought a Garmin unit and I'm trying to work out the best way to mount. Do people tend to mount direct on top of the A-Frame, or on short riser? I think it might be a bit close to people's heads direct on top. But equally, I dont want it too high up


Modern digital radar is much more “head” friendly than the old school microwave type, so clearances aren’t as big an issue as they used to be. Also as with most things radio, the higher the better.
If you don’t have a bracket built into the A frame, have a look at the offerings from Scanstrut.
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You ribnobbers do excel in making things look as ugly as possible.
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The eye of the beholder an’ all that[emoji6]
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Old 28 September 2023, 20:26   #5
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who has Radar on their Rib? I've just bought a Garmin unit and I'm trying to work out the best way to mount. Do people tend to mount direct on top of the A-Frame, or on short riser? I think it might be a bit close to people's heads direct on top. But equally, I dont want it too high up
Last one I owned with radar it was sat on a stainless scanstrut with the matching mast head nav light & gps antenna brackets it looked pretty smart. They do lots of different options, not cheap but do look the part
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The eye of the beholder an’ all that[emoji6]
The boat's fine - never criticise another man's boat. But you've built the Eiffel Tower on the back of it!
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Old 28 September 2023, 20:47   #7
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The boat's fine - never criticise another man's boat. But you've built the Eiffel Tower on the back of it!


Aye! It was built with function over form tbh. The whole outfit was built for offshore deep mixed gas diving. So it was what it was tbh. I looked at having a “standard” A frame & putting a scanstrut on top, but Ribcraft said they could build a platform for the radome integrated into the A frame. The cost of doing that was half the cost of buying the scanstrut bracket. Probably not the prettiest result, but it worked.
It certainly didn’t fall into the Aldi Solent Gin Palace category [emoji6] (although it would handle “The Chop”[emoji16])
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It certainly didn’t fall into the Aldi Solent Gin Palace category ...
That's a Lidl harsh.
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Last one I owned with radar it was sat on a stainless scanstrut with the matching mast head nav light & gps antenna brackets it looked pretty smart. They do lots of different options, not cheap but do look the part
Do you have any pics of it?
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Old 29 September 2023, 15:38   #10
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Maybe more suitable for larger boats, but on my old Ribtec 9m it was on a T-top over the helm which I loved - kept it out the way, well above the head, and the combination of roof and high windscreen was pretty good at keeping me dry too in just about anything!
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Old 29 September 2023, 16:01   #11
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Do you have any pics of it?
Not the best pics but hopefully give you an idea looks like you'd need to be sitting down to avoid brain frazzle though[emoji1787] but I guess thats the compromise of radar on a small boat (6.5m)
Either build the Eiffel Tower or keep your head down.
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