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Old 02-20-2019, 03:00 PM   #1
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Radar Recommendation?

Shopping for a replacement for the ancient Raytheon unit on Serena. Not looking for anything too whiz-bang (read complex and expensive), just something for traffic monitoring and coastwise navigation.

Considering the Furuno 1815; any feedback on this unit or other recommendations?

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Old 02-20-2019, 04:20 PM   #2
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Probably hard to get a bad one. Especially when only wanting the basics. My only beef with the Garmin is lack of knobs. I don’t like the touch pad.
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Old 02-20-2019, 04:27 PM   #3
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Furuno has always been my first choice for small boat radars.
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Furuno has always been my first choice for small boat radars.
I just installed a Furuno DRS4D-NXT radar on my boat, and am absolutely amazed at the clarity and features. The doppler tracking feature is far better than the Quantum 2 and Garmin ones I've tested.
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Take a look at Si-Tex, I have a Si-Tex with 12” Standard Horizon mfd.
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Joe, I installed a Furuno 1815 about a year ago to replace a very old Furuno radar. I really liked the old cathode ray green display but it finally quite on me and it was no longer supported by Furuno.
The 1815 display is great, I like the target trail feature. Still working my way thru all the features but it’s typical Furuno quality.
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I'd also vote for the Furuno DRS-NXT. Really amazing features at an attractive price. I have the previous DRS generation now but will be upgrading soon.
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Thumbs up on the 1815
Also just replaced an aging cathode-ray furuno radar.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:33 PM   #9
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I have Furuno vx2 and I like it, but I think any of the major brands will give you a capable radar. Raymarine hasn't been mentioned but there are lots of these on small boats.
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I have Furuno vx2 and I like it, but I think any of the major brands will give you a capable radar. Raymarine hasn't been mentioned but there are lots of these on small boats.
I have an aging RX10 on my sailboat that's a CRT and still works fine.
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We hung a Raymarine Quantum on our last boat, which was the newest radar I have owned (currently have 2011-vintage Furuno). The Quantum worked really well, and the integration of the entire Raymarine system was easy to use. I would buy again if looking for an integrated solution.

The Furuno 1815 looks like a great stand-alone set. With a good scanner mounting location, it will probably offer more performance than most if us would ever need. We will be adding a stand-alone to IRENE before we depart for distant shores, and the 1815 would work well. I would not hesitate to look at the JRC and Si-Tex units too.

I don’t recall reading anything about lousy radar sets from any manufacturer. I think your personal preference in appearance and features, matched with your budget, is the answer. Hard to go wrong with a Furuno considering their reputation, customer support, and parts availability.
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I just installed a Simrad 4G radar, which was about $1950 and use a PC running OpenCPN as the plotter. It works really nicely in that it has a fast update speed, does MARPA target tracking, integrates AIS from my radio, the charts are downloaded for free and I can use it on a laptop for trip planning. A nice feature of the Smrad 4G is supporting dual ranges -- it acts like two separate radars.

I ran the cable from the radar to a Wi-Fi router, so I can actually get the data on my main plotters (wired) and on a tablet (wireless).

Of course, how much one spends on the computer used as the plotter is a big variable. Mine was expensive because the waterproof outdoor visible touch screen wasn't cheap. An old laptop, if capable enough, is free and useful.
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I just installed a Furuno DRS4D-NXT radar on my boat, and am absolutely amazed at the clarity and features. The doppler tracking feature is far better than the Quantum 2 and Garmin ones I've tested.
I installed the same Furuno Doppler unit on our boat and couldn’t be happier. Target clarity and ease of use are amazing. I thought the Doppler target discrimination feature might be a gimmick and was prepared to be disappointed, but it really works! It helps ID targets that are moving in our direction well before I can tell what they’re doing — even using binocs.
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My only beef with the Garmin is lack of knobs. .
I agree! My plotter has Hybrid Touch as well as knobs and I really prefer the knobs. When bouncing around in a seaway, grabbing and twisting a knob
is much easier than trying to pinch or expand by touch.

Yes, grabbing knobs are my preference.
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Going with the Furuno 1815. Thanks to all for the inputs.
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