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How to use a radar on a boat

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Radar technology has advanced significantly in the last few years. It is more effective, affordable and more sophisticated than it was even a decade ago. Rachael explains the use of rader for keeping clear at sea

Radars are easy to use on a yacht that is cruising. Aside from a few hours of action when it’s misty or foggy, its younger sibling, AIS, does the heavy lifting of collision avoidance for most yachts.

Radar is becoming more common on yachts less than 40 feet. It’s become more affordable, easier to install and more intuitive to use, but how about its operators? Are we using its full potential and have we made any progress with it? I suspect not.

The Challenge 72, which I co-skipper and own, is a cruising boat. CatZeroAIS data are constantly being received and sent. The volunteer watch leaders become familiar with the system quickly because it runs in background. The all-new B&G Halo 24 radar is turned off until needed.

I used the opportunity to introduce crew members to the new tool and to become more familiar with the latest technologies myself.

Radar is often more effective than AIS for collision avoidance.

Radar works

Radar is more than just a radar.



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