Ok, finally bit the bullet and bought another boat. 25 contender currently has an old dome radar on it that works fine for weather/navigation. I would need to move outriggers/antennas, etc to put an open array on it and I dont want to do that. I have noticed that Raymarine's new HD domes have a mode for finding birds. (Raymarine RD424HD 4kw) Could anyone WITH EXPERIENCE tell me if it is reasonable to find birds with this unit and how effectively. The only reason I say WITH EXPERIENCE is because I know the old rule is 6kw open array at a minimum but technology is always moving forward. I dont want to spend a bunch of money if it will not do the job.
I am not a newbie and have owned boats with open array in the past (I am only mentioning this so no one answers with too much info assuming I dont know anything about radars or finding birds
Thanks in advance for any info.
P.S. I didnt buy the boat for tuna fishing but it would be nice a couple times a year.
I have used a 4kw dome to find birds all summer. The range is limited and it takes some (multiple) setting changes but if you keep in mind your range will be limited to a few miles or less it can be done as long as its clear.
Yes, a friend installed one 6 months ago or so and it has a little crisper display, but unfortunately as for finding birds, my above reply applies - we could see um with our eyes as easily as we could on the radar screen.
That is my old partner we owned a 2850 bluewater and he moved up to a 35 (a little rich for my blood lol)
That is why my new boat is sushi wagon 2. I have a better idea....i will just keep the radar on my boat for weather/navigation and keep fishing with him for tuna lol. I am really thinking of buying a nice pair of image stabilized binoculars at this point unless i hear someone say the new domes do the trick. I will be in Grand this year!
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