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    Anyone used this radar unit from garmin http://www.gpsnation.com/p/garmin-xh...FQqEfgodE7oATQ ?

    Also looking at the GMR 18HDRadome unit from Garmin.

    I am researching radar units for a potential new boat purchase. I've never used radar before and am going to go with Garmin for the electronics. Looking for something that is lower end priced but still functional.

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    We have the dome. Nice sealed unit, no complaints.
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    I have the garmin 18hd radome. Haven't used it much out of necessity, but I have used it just trying it out. It picks up other boats just fine. Probably not on the same level as furuno or raymarine, but it's functional
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    I either have the 16 or 18, can't remember right now but it works good. Have only used it a few times in the fog or just to keep track of traffic in Passage canal on the Sunday run to the harbor.. I don't think you can go wrong a garmin for just everyday use. If you were wanting to do AIS and target tracking then I suspect there is probably better but for fog navigation it will work fine.
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    in my opinion radar is unnecessary in PWS 99% of the time, so cost per look is pretty expensive. I'd spend the money on a good autopilot or other better suited boat goodies. Radar that has low kw's doesn't see much and the radars that have the good power cost GOOD bucks.

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    I am/was kind of thinking the same thing Steve - - but still want to learn about them. I go out of seward too and sometimes the fog there can be pretty thick.

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    I have the 18hd and love it. I use it when the water get crappy. Fog. Snowstorms or when I'm running south towards Monty. It picks icebergs pretty well too. But I have mine mounted pretty high up so it picks up better. We use it a lot out of Seward too. Mostly to see other boats


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    Seward is the main reason I got a radar, at least half the time I have gone out of there I have had to run in thick fog
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    I would agree with Steve, I have the same unit and its cool to have but I am not sure it was worth the money I spent for it along with the arch. There might be a few times you would use it out of Seward / Homer but once you average the cost versus the need to have I think you will see there is not a even balance. I could see using it a bit more for a trip from Seward to Montague on a foggy day. Bare in mind it does not show dead heads and logs on a foggy day either. So I refer to the USCG Captain test ''slow to bare steerable"
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    Agree, it aint worth the $.
    I hardly use it except in the winter when its snowing like crazy. Then I use the radar with overlay to verify land while moving.

    Also use it to ping a charter boat occassionally and record the spot to check out later, but really its not a must have for 99% of the time.
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    Guess I will be the odd one out here because I use my 18HD out of Valdez all the time. The port and more times than not the narrows are fogged in during the early to mid morning hours. I went out in the old boat several times without radar and it can get spooky. At times I had to turn the boat off and listen for other boats just to make sure that I wasn't on a collision course with someone, and trust me, you don't want to meet a tanker in the fog. Its a great piece of insurance for days that would keep you otherwise at the harbor or on the hook.

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