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Date Posted: - Saturday - 05/26/12 - 4:10pm
Author: Randall Reeves, Murre, M31
Subject: Radar Mount Help

Hey Ladies and Gents,

I'm preparing to depart Hawaii for the Pacific Northwest in the next couple weeks.

One issue that concerns me is the Japanes tsunami debris that could well be in my path, including abandoned fishing trawlers, etc., not to mention fog up north. So, while in Honolulu I bought radar.

Now that I am in the install phase, I am beginning to wonder at my wisdom. The radome simply seems too big for the mizzen.

I plan to install just below the spreaders on the mizzen. The unit weighs 20 pounds, including the bracket, and it's big. The radome is 19 inches wide, 11 inches. I now call it The Wedding Cake. And the mast just looks too flimsy a support to hold such a monstrosity in really rough stuff.

Anyone out there have radar mounted to the mizzen? Any issues with mast or bracket strength? I'm concerned that in trying to solve for one problem (not hitting stuff) I may create another (bringing the mast down).

The unit I bought is the Lowrance 3G broadband...which is why the radome is so high. I'm in Kauai, so there is no chance of exchanging this for something smaller...it's this or nothing.

Thanks in advance,


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[> Radar -- Doug Wilson, - Saturday - 05/26/12 - 8:02pm

I have had a Furuno 1623, mounted above the spreaders on the mizzen for 5 years, works fine.
Not sure of the weight, but sounds like about the same size.

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[> [> Radar -- Paul M31-106 NJ, - Saturday - 05/26/12 - 9:06pm

Mine is where you are thinking of mounting it, except it is not quite 11" tall

Here's a pic.


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[> Many thanks -- Randall, - Tuesday - 05/29/12 - 1:37pm

Thanks guys. Very helpful.

Doug, you still in Mexico? I sure miss it. Rain here every day worries those of us with boats made of wood.

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[> [> Radar -- Bruce, - Tuesday - 05/29/12 - 5:17pm

Hi Randall,
My radar dome is also installed slightly above the mizzen spreaders, just like the photo above. I made a custom radar support out of stainless, however. It doesn't seem to cause any problems what-so-ever for the mizzen mast. also, I lost your phone number. Please call my cell phone.

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[> Radar -- Doug Wilson, - Tuesday - 05/29/12 - 8:39pm

My radar weighs half of yours at about 10 pounds, but go with what you've got.
Cactus Tree is in Puerto Vallarta for a while,I am in VA, working for DoD. Soon to be somewhere, not yet known.
Do miss Mexico. Good luck on your passage.

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