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JayR posted 03-04-2007 09:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for JayR   Send Email to JayR  
I need to put a radar unit on my 71 ribbed outrage.

Cost is of a concern. I am currently looking at the Furuno 1623. Is this small less expensive unit sufficient?

Any info or suggestions would be most appreciated.


bms1939 posted 03-04-2007 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for bms1939  Send Email to bms1939     
What are your intentions for the use of the radar? That unit would be okay navigating near shore through the fog at low speeds. If you want to head offshore I would go with a little better model. The sensitivity and range on the bottom end models are very limited. The height of the dome is something else to consider, if its too low a more expensive unit wont give you much more range than the cheaper unit.
JayR posted 03-04-2007 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Near shore use.... Crossing from the Cape and Islands to Block Island and the Mainland, perhaps out to Montauk. I put in in either Dartmouth MA or Pt. Judith RI
Too many possible navigation issues running at night. Don't want to catch myself running in between a tug and whatever it's pulling....
andygere posted 03-04-2007 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have an older version of that unit (1621?) and it more than does the job. I very seldom use it at the full 16 mile range. Most often, I have it set between .5 and 2 miles, since the targets I'm looking for are usually other boats. I frequently use the "Guard Zone" feature, that lets you know when another boat or object is coming within a selected distance from you. This is a great way to keep tabs on other boats while out trolling in the fog.

For the money, the Furuno 1623 is tough to beat. If you look at commercial vessels around your harbor, I'll bet you see more Furuno radomes than any other brand. That is a good endorsement to me.

JayR posted 03-04-2007 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Thanks for the info...
Price looks reasonable.... I had not priced them previously and at just over $1K I was pleasantly surprised.
handn posted 03-05-2007 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I had a 1623 on my old boat. It worked fine to locate boat traffic within a few miles.
My navnet 24 mile radar on my present boat, doesn't show a great deal of additional sensitivity but has lots of bells and whistles, the most useful of which is the ability to overlay the radar picture on top of the gps chart.
I agree where the radome is located on the boat is more important than the cost of the unit.
If I had to mount my radar again, I would get a 3 foot mast to get the radome above the hardtop.
Yiddil posted 03-05-2007 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
ALways thought of getting one for Das BOat, my Nantucket...but heres my question...were would I mount the radar dome on a Nantucket...??????????? Thanks henry
swist posted 03-06-2007 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
That unit does a good job but the big issue is indeed where to mount the radome on a small boat. If you have neither a hardtop nor an arch, you have a big problem. You *cannot* put it on a deck or console mounted mast - there is too much moment at the top and you can't get a steady picture unless conditions are dead calm.

I made this mistake on a previous boat.

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