+ Ken tackles small-boat radar
Furuno has two entry-level radars, the 1623 ($1,595) 16-mile radar with a 6-inch screen and 15-inch-diameter antenna dome, and the
1715 ($1,995) 24-mile radar featuring a 7-inch screen and 24-mile radar with an 18-inch-diameter antenna dome. Both have monochrome displays and 2.2 kW output power.
The Si-Tex T-760 and
JRC JMA-1030 have similar basic radars ($1,995 each) with 7-inch screens and narrow housings measuring only 8 inches high and 5 inches wide that can slip comfortably into limited helm spaces. Each has a color touchscreen, 18-inch antenna dome,
4 kW power output and 24-mile range.
The Raymarine Axiom 7 features a 7-inch color touchscreen multifunction display ($649) along with the Raymarine Quantum Q24C 18-inch 24-mile solid-state radar dome antenna ($1,350) to give you a complete navigation system with built-in GPS and marine coastal cartography for the entire U.S. For only an additional $20, you can have a built-in depth/ fish finder. — Ken Englert