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Why you should get a marine radar for your yacht

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Previously used only for large vessels, marine radars are the best collision avoidance system developed. Technology has allowed us to reduce their size, making them a good choice for recreational boats, as it will allow you to see through darkness, fog, and poor weather conditions. Unlike a GPS, which will only serve to locate yourself and navigate, a marine radar will help you identify other objects, such as small boats, buoys or other obstructions that are not inland.

The level of performance of a radar depends on the range, the detail the resolution of the targets and, of course, how much money you are willing to spend on it. A good radar will also require a good display to show the most detailed picture. The bigger the display screen and the higher the resolution, the more details you will be able to see.

The first thing you should consider before acquiring a radar is the size of your boat and the size of your radar. Open array radars, with a large rotating arm, are the biggest and usually have the longest ranges. In turn, radomes – smaller radars with the moving parts inside of a dome that will allow the radio waves through – provide a sharp resolution, but small adjacent objects may clump together. Radomes are the best option for smaller yachts or sailboats, as they use much less power than open array radars.

Owning a radar will give you peace of mind when boating under harsh conditions. Their tuning is automatic and, although choosing the right location for the antenna might be difficult, the installation should be easy enough for the average boat owner.



 

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