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WT posted 07-31-2005 10:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
I would like to see pictures of a radar installation on a 170 Montauk. Has anyone installed one yet?

Thanks,
Warren

bigjohn1 posted 08-01-2005 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
That would be cool for sure. I thought about it but since you need a larger 4Kw unit to reliably and consistently locate birds for off-shore trolling, I deep-sixed that idea quickly. Still, it would be nice to see a clean setup in this small boat package.
Buckda posted 08-01-2005 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Warren -

Do you guys normally use radar for weather out there, or are you using it to spot other vessels in the fog? Reason I ask - the Garmin units can be linked to XM-subscribed satellite imagery overlaid on the chartplotter for weather.

Obviously that doesn't help you avoid a freighter in the fog though. I've been thinking about it since we don't have fog very often over here, but do have sudden weather changes.

It might be an option for you, depending on what you need - and it would be a lot more compact (simple satellite radio antenna).

Dave

WT posted 08-01-2005 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Dave:

I would be using it in fog. I've followed other boats out in the fog which had radar. I just had my gps. And I know that I shouldn't be out there in those conditions but it does clear up later in the mornings.

Bigjohn1:

The 4KW antenna is 16 pounds and the 2KW antenna is 14 pounds. Might as well go with the 4 KW. I'm not sure how much the open array antennas weight.

By the way, my BW dealer has never seen radar on a 170 Montauk and they are the only dealer in the foggy Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area.

My BW dealer has seen a radar setup on a classic Montauk with the antenna mounted upwards from the console.

Warren

Buckda posted 08-01-2005 07:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Warren-

You might check to see if you can get a commercial/government brochure from your dealer. I believe that they sell a sturdy "tower" for police lights that might work - it would go in front of your console and mount to the floor. The local Sherriff's department has one here - I was checking it out yesterday. It is about 6 1/2 feet tall and they run the wiring through the hollow tube up to the top. You could mount a waterproof box at the base and route the cables out the side and under the console and up through your rigging tubes to your display.

To directly answer your question above: no I've not yet seen radar on a 170 Montauk. Short of adding a T-Top I think this CGPD apparatus might be a workable solution. It is powdercoated black.

Barney posted 08-01-2005 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
I remember someone here with an older montauk that had radar. One that was pole mounted and the pole attached/braced to the console. Jim
Barney posted 08-01-2005 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
oops mounted on small Outrage:
http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/001947.html
TightlinesPE posted 08-01-2005 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightlinesPE  Send Email to TightlinesPE     
I've been told by an electronics installer that you need a minimum of 10 kw 6 ft. open array to find birds offshore.
bigjohn1 posted 08-01-2005 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Now THAT would be a sight on a 170 MONTAUK; a 6-foot open array!

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