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Radar on a Montauk?
|Author||Topic: Radar on a Montauk?|
posted 08-17-2003 11:13 PM ET (US)
I just got back from a week in Cape May, NJ. The first 4 days there, the ocean and the Delaware Bay were very calm but there was a very thick fog. At times, the visibility was down to about 60 feet. This kept all of the small boats in port for 4 days. I was thinking that radar would have been the answer to getting some fishing in during those conditions. Has anybody put a radar on a montauk? If so, how and where did you mount the antenna?
|Jamie 20 outrage||
posted 08-18-2003 12:00 AM ET (US)
The last time I was in Maine I saw a couple of Montauks with radars. If you dont have anything to mount it on, a simple aluminum pole will do. Some of the new 8 mile radars have tiny domes. Where you put it doesn't matter as long as your head isnt getting hit with the radiation.
posted 08-21-2003 01:54 PM ET (US)
I just installed a JRC 1000 on my 18 Outrage. I don't have a T-Top and didn't want a radar arch. I devised a system where I mounted the radome on a standard 6' length of 1" OD rail tubing. I mounted it through the console and secured it with 90 degree railing fittings to both the top of the console and to the console floor. For added rigidity, I used bimini top fittings (the pivoting style) to further secure the "mast" to the top of the console and the console grab rail with a "3-point" base made from 7/8" OD rail tubing (3 braces). The height of the unit (floor to bottom of radome) is about 6'7" so my brain won't get zapped. Removal of the unit (for storage/low bridges/etc) requires loosening 4 set screws and that is all (all other connections are pins). I got all the supplies at Boater's World and all are standard items.
Good luck with it! You will DEFINITELY enjoy radar, especially when caught in the fog at night.
One other note: if the radar interfaces to a GPS, you can mark other vessels' positions as waypoints from miles off...In other words, you can mark uncharted reefs and wrecks that have someone else fishing over them without letting that vessel know what you are doing! :-)
posted 08-21-2003 07:41 PM ET (US)
We have fog here in the bay area just about daily during the summer, but it is a high fog, with the ceiling about 100+ yards. I have often though of mounting a radar arch on my Motauk, from gunnel to gunnel, simply to have something to hold on to when going around the console. Plus it would overhead storage for things like rods, net, antenna... Small boats out here rarely have radar since they can turn on a dime and it is never that socked in. Floatsom is much more of a hazard here, old lumber and such floating right at the surface. The funny thing is, though I don't want a radar for my boat, I have made inquiries about mounting one on my camper. The reason is, is that out here, during duck season, we do get thick ground fogs. That can turn a 3 hour trip to the marshes into a 6+ hour trek. No traffic, just thick fog. Can't go fast because you never know when someone out in front is barely cruising at 20 mph on I-5 because they are afraid of driving in it. I think a radar would help, but am not sure about all the things it would pick up, such as trees, overpasses, hills... and am not about to fork over the $ just to find out. Local electronics store said it should work fine, but I would not be able to return it if I am not satisfied, too much would have gone into the installation.
posted 08-23-2003 09:45 AM ET (US)
Don't waste your money, it won't work. I've tried radar sitting on boat that was hauled out. Too much clutter and you can't tune it out.
posted 08-23-2003 01:49 PM ET (US)
I agree with doobee. You will probably get too much interference. When my unit is set to the 1/8 mile range, over 1/2 of the screen is filled with false echos. The 1/4 mile range works much better and that is what I use to navigate my inlet with.
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