When it comes to the general perception of Radarson recreational fishing boats, many people think of them as optional or luxury equipment. This may be true in the sense that your equipment will still navigate you towards a fishing spot and locate some fish without one. But it takes aradar to see things like birds eating bait and boats clustering on a hotspot in the distance. Nothing else will give you the confidence to stay out a few moments longer in low light or poor weather conditions when the bite is starting to pick up. With advancements in technology and manufacturing we are seeing solid state radars replace traditional magnetron radars. A fully digital platform provides multiple advantages including higher quality transmissions and improved reliability. Here is a comparison of recently released radars.
TheFantom radarscan suit any boater because of the options that are offered. The Dome style 50 watt is available in 18″ or 24″ and also in black or white. If you want your boat to stand out the black radome is definitely turning some heads. The incredibly powerful 250 watt open array is available in 4′ or 6
The newFuruno radar NXT series offers the next step in solid State radar technology. They make what was only possible with a large radar, available in a much smaller package. Now Furuno offers the world’s first wireless radar that you can access from you iOS device with the DRS4W. The larger 24″ NXT 25 watt radar is compatible with the navnet TZtouch, TZtouch2 and TZtouch 3.
Raymarineoffers radars to suit the needs of many different types of boaters. They have already released 2 lines of solid-state radars including the Quantum radarand the Cyclon. The Cyclon is available in 2 power options and in 3,4 or 6-foot antenna types. Use your boat’s radar to navigate in dense fog or rain, or confirm your boat’s position with super-accurate radar ranges. Let MARPA and other innovative detection technologies help you navigate safely through a crowded harbor and enjoy map-like coastal detail when cruising offshore.
Lowrance, Simrad, B&G Halo Radars offer a almost real-time view, with industry-first 60 RPM operation at close range for the ultimate in collision avoidance. Identify hazards in an instant with LowranceVelocityTrack™ Doppler technology, and enjoy simultaneous short and long-range coverage—up to 48 nautical miles—from one compact 24-inch dome antenna. Halo open array radars deliver an unprecedented mix of long and short detection range, with precise target definition and minimal clutter. Quick start-up and maximum ocean-going reliability ensure you have coverage when you need it, while low-power pulsed transmissions mean Halo radars are safe to run in anchorages and marinas.