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    I helped a friend bring his Nordic 37 back to Bremerton from Anacortes yesterday and he has a brand new Raymarine radar, having replaced his old magnetron spinner. I found myself being quite envious of his new screen that color codes targets; orange for stationary things like buoys, purple for targets getting closer to you, and yellow for ones moving away. There may be more. My little Simrad just shows everything orange, leaving me to sort out the differences. His radar also shows his Navionics waypoints as little squares.

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    Navigation tools just keep getting better. I picked up a book published in 1989 entitled a powerboat "bible." Lots of information about Loran C and other obsolete systems and hints about GPS, which was touted to be the next big thing, which of course it was.

    Looking forward to having a working radar again.
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    Life interfered with getting the radar installed. Working on it now, but here's a question: the instructions tell me to run a ground wire to the hull or something bolted to the hull.

    "GROUND
    Connect ground
    wire to bolt fastened
    (or welded) to hull."

    Not sure about this. Whether it is needed. Not sure if it applies with a wood hull
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    You had me at “The instructions tell me to run aground…”. Thought it might be a new way to test radar.

    Can’t imagine that a ground strap to the hull does anything on a wooden boat. But I don’t know, maybe someone else knows better.

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    Hope so, because I am not sure a ground would do anything
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    Hope so, because I am not sure a ground would do anything
    Lightning protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbowen View Post
    Re: AIS: I keep thinking that someone will integrate AIS transmit with receive in a VHS radio so you don't have to buy an extra box. Has that happened?

    Ken
    It is a lot more complicated than and an AIS receiver. With the receive only option, you just need the VHS to continuously monitor the AIS frequency and plot it using GPS location in addition to normal radios functions. Once you make it a transceiver, you need essentially two transmitters and two antenna (or a signal splitter for a single antenna).

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    AIS + VHF

    https://www.vespermarine.com/cortex?hsLang=en

    Personally, I went for separate units for a little redundancy.

    Cheers,
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    Does it go to a ground plate? I'm a long ways from my boat, so I can't look to see how my 1624 is hooked up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    Life interfered with getting the radar installed. Working on it now, but here's a question: the instructions tell me to run a ground wire to the hull or something bolted to the hull.

    "GROUND
    Connect ground
    wire to bolt fastened
    (or welded) to hull."

    Not sure about this. Whether it is needed. Not sure if it applies with a wood hull


    Run it to the engine. There should be a ground terminal or ground buss for the engine.

    The ground bleeds off rf interference and will enhance performance. That said, you could try without. As always, YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    Navigation tools just keep getting better. I picked up a book published in 1989 entitled a powerboat "bible." Lots of information about Loran C and other obsolete systems and hints about GPS, which was touted to be the next big thing, which of course it was.

    Looking forward to having a working radar again.
    Yes they do, quite pleased with the small Furuno WiFi radar, picks up small boats and nav. markers just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodpile View Post
    Yes they do, quite pleased with the small Furuno WiFi radar, picks up small boats and nav. markers just fine.
    I fished commercially in the days of Loran C. I much prefer my laptop chart plotter.

    I suspect the new radar -- haven't had time to finish the install-- will be much better than its 1986 predecessor.
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    I finished the installation, plugged the new unit in, and it worked....

    The biggest issue installing it was figuring out how to hide the extra cable. Furuno sent me a 10 meter cable. I did not want to spend $150US for a 5 M cable, which looked to be back ordered in any event. I mounted the display a riser and coiled the spare cable in the riser. I am pleased with how it all turned out. Good to have a working radar in the foggy part of the year.

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    Glad it's all sorted!
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    My extra long cable is coiled in my chart rack.

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    All the best with the bleeps, sweeps, and creeps...hoping you don't get jammed :

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    No jam so far. Need to learn the adjustments though.

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