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    Why so many boats with radar?

    In my process of trying to buy a new to me used boat, I'm seeing a lot of boats that have radar. Some of these boats are even 25' Center Console's. I understand that radar can be a life saver for collision avoidance but is there something else that people are using it for? I've never had a boat with radar but I'm guessing that it is primarily used if you want to anchor up somewhere and sleep on the boat and then it would sound an alarm to wake you if something came within a certain range. Is this the main use or are there other things the radar can be used for? I'm just surprised at how many boats have it and it seems like they're all raising their price because of it and I cant see any use for it for me. Thank you.

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    East coast looking for birds.
    West coast stealing other boat's hot spot.
    Both coast collision avoidance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grouper Genius View Post
    East coast looking for birds.
    West coast stealing other boat's hot spot.
    Both coast collision avoidance.
    Ding Ding Ding we have a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spineyman View Post
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    This!
    It`s amazing how many spin-up as they are running by you offshore then shut off a minute or two later............

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    Thunder storms. You can track them and see if there is a way around them. Sirius weather is worth it as you can see storms coming from the land out.

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    In sea fog you can find channel markers and other boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dawg44 View Post
    FOG!
    This^^, blows my mind how many sporties running WOT in zero visibility.

    Idiots, all of them..
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.

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    I feel like you no need for it. If its old technology its even worth asking for a discount to get rid of it. One time in my 40 years of boating the fog got so thick I couldnt see the bow of my boat while heading back into the inlet. I turned my spot light on, blew my horn constantly and entered the inlet using my GPS backtrac. I wished I had radar for about 30 m inutes.

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