Originally Posted by ktdtx
My relatively limited experience with radars suggests that all the newer (and probably older) radars far exceed my ability to use them to their maximum.
If I spent the time to learn to use what I have to the maximum rather than spending the money to get the newest and best I would be better off.
After looking over that comparison link and now about 16 years of using open array versus the finally decent domes (post introduction or Raymarine Pathfinder tech).....I can tell the difference in picture, but ultimately just better radar picture hasn't really changed my low visibility navigation abilities. They still just tell me where something is or isn't and tells me if that something is moving.
The biggest advance for the average boater is something like ARPA that decreases load on a solo navagator, driver.
Other than that...as the typical dome increased in size and power....I see less and less of the advantages of the others. Are they better pictures? Sure....but each is like a tiny increase in better and better windshield wipers where any radar is like adding windshield wipers up from nothing.
I will venture to guess most every experienced boater here that has been using RADAR for low vis navigation has used different kinds to get where they were going without hitting anything. Sure newer stuff is a LOT better than the older stuff....but each new tech or different type is only a little better than each other.
I am looking forward to using one of the new shifting pulse or doppler RADARs, they might just be the first big advance in awhile.