Radar for sailing has come on leaps and bounds in the past decade. A far cry from the bulky, heavy and power-hungry radar antennae of old, the latest generation of pulse compression radars draw minimal power, weigh less than 5kg and deliver excellent resolution at close and long range. But why do you need Radar on your boat?
Put simply, radar will show what is around the boat, seeing through darkness, precipitation and poor visibility. Whether you’re crossing a busy shipping channel in thick fog, looking for squalls offshore, or identifying a harbour entrance in the dark, Radar offers a significant aid to navigation and safety.
Radar has applications both inshore and offshore for sailing boats – and it’s not just for collision avoidance. We asked professional navigators Simon Fisher and Miranda Merron how they use radar on board. Simon is a five-times competitor in the Volvo Ocean race, navigating Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to victory in 2015, while Miranda is an IMOCA sailor and previously navigated an all-female team to successfully take the outright Round Britain and Ireland record in 2009. Both have used Radar extensively to keep them at the top of their game.