Product Reviews: Radars

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The Garmin GPSMAP 7412 Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Supports radar, autopilot, instruments, multiple screens and digital switching
  • Simplified SOS calling allows you to tap a button on the touchscreen
  • Axis and FLIR camera support

CONs:

  • Only compatible with other Garmin products

4kW Radar Antenna In A Compact 19" Radome

PROs:

  • Single-wire solution results in a very simple installation
  • Works with NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 systems
  • The DRS4DL+ spins at a fixed 24RPM, and has range scales from 1/8 nm to 36 nm

CONs:

  • It is not compatible with NavNet 3D

Garmin Fantom Marine Radar

PROs:

  • Pulse compression technology provides high resolution
  • Provides radar data overlay onto charts
  • Detection range of 20 feet to 72 nautical miles

CONs:

  • Only compatible with the newer GPSMAP 7400/7600, 8000/8200 and 8400/8600

Garmin Panoptix PS30 Down and PS31 Forward Sonar

PROs:

  • Panoptix PS30 Down includes transom mounting kit
  • Panoptix PS31 Forward includes trolling motor mounting kit and a transom mounting kit
  • Software update microSD card with adapter included

CONs:

  • Panoptix PS30 Down only available for transom installs

Raymarine RD418HD Radar

PROs:

  • HD provides a sharper image and improved target separation
  • Bird mode optimizes the radome to detect sea birds
  • Works with Raymarine C-Wide, E and G series MFD

CONs:

  • Bird mode works with E-wide series MFD only
  • May need network switch (depending on installation)
  • Does not work with older C series MFD

Garmin GMR 1206 xHD

PROs:

  • IPX6 waterproof
  • Garmin marine network compatible
  • 72nm range

CONs:

  • Requires a heading sensor for collision avoidance option
  • 6 ft. array not suited for smaller vessels

Garmin GMR 604 Hi-Def Open Array Radar

PROs:

  • Large 72nm range
  • 1.8 degree beam width
  • Supreme performance in bad weather conditions

CONs:

  • Selectable 24/48 rpm rotation not automatic
  • Collision avoidance option requires heading sensor

Furuno DRS2D Radar

PROs:

  • Automatically adjusts pulse lengths to 24/36/48 rpm
  • Offers 24 NM of scanning from just 5.2 degrees of beam width
  • Integrates with other navigation tools through network port

CONs:

  • Cannot be installed near exhaust where temperatures could exceed 55 degrees Celsius
  • Shortest scanner compared to all competitors
  • Cruder resolution than competitors

Lowrance Broadband 4G Radar

PROs:

  • Beam sharpening
  • Low power consumption
  • Maximum range 36 nautical miles

CONs:

  • Higher cost than traditional radar
  • Beam sharpening control only compatible with Simrad NSE and NSO and B&G Zeus multifunction displays
  • Lacks dual range feature (unlike Simrad 4G)

Simrad Broadband 4G Radar

PROs:

  • Beam sharpening with target separation control
  • Long range performance
  • Dual range anywhere from 200 feet to 36 nm

CONs:

  • Beam sharpening control only compatible with Simrad NSE and NSO and B&G Zeus multifunction displays
  • Dual range feature isn't compatible with NSS series
  • Requires separate heading sensor to allow radar overlay
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