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Old 03-22-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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Question about radars for Boating purposes

Alright, so I need some feedback from all you boat jockey's on what is the most reliable yet easy on the pocket type of radar for a boat...



My dad's got a 73' Bayliner, 24' open deck starboard side console and was thinking about gettin him a full Furuno setup, but wanted to know what would be the best type of setup. He wants to eventually make it a offshore boat where he can jet out to some of the rigs out of galveston to do some deepwater fishing.


Just wanted some input. Cmon Buck, I know your out there as well.....


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I have no info for you other than I would like to go fishing offshore
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Well, the sooner he get's more comfortable after he get's his radar, I'm pretty sure we can set something up.....
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You should look into the lowrance line of GPS nav. and radar units...my dad has one on his bay boat and it's really nice for finding your way even through fog.....they aren't cheap by any means but they last and they are top notch
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RAYMARINE. Unless it has a very strong T-top, no radar for you. Small senders are about 30#, and they get pounded. I run my own boat out 70+ miles with a good gps and bottom finder, compass, with a hand held back up GPS. That, a cell, and two VHF's and I'm good to go anywhere. What ever it is you decide on I can usually save you a good bit of dough. To be honest, full radar on a 24' is pretty much overkill and the times he will use it will be few and far between unless he really likes to run offshore at night. (Not recommended on a boat that small!) Radar can't see logs and other inwater objects which will sink ya. A really good gps unit with a full map feature and the appropriate chart chip will be the best thing for that type of rig. Radar is really beyond the scope for most guys unless you use it alot. He'll have a dog of a time tuning and then interpreting what he's looking at, and the auto programs on all but the most expensive systems is pretty worthless. Give me a call and we'll get your old man fixed up.
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PM me teh digits good sir, so we can setup a chance to get out and see what's best suited for his boat. I wanna try to suprise him, but I need to know what's best suited for his boat, plus my wallet....
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just my .02, but why radar? I know many captains who charter and none have radar. Fog would be the only real reason and you shouldnt be going then anyway.
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furuno sonor/gps with large screen would be much better use of $$$$
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