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Periodical­ly cycle through the ranges and don’t leave it just on long range. Zoom in to only three miles in busy shipping and even closer when tracking a vessel of interest.

Leave the sensitivit­y and clutter settings on auto. Modern radars handle them well.

If you want to look through a rain cloud, alter ‘rain clutter’ control very briefly, then revert it to automatic every time. Use a split screen with radar on dual range, or radar and chartplott­er lined up alongside, or radar ‘overlaid’ on the chartplott­er. Experiment with this before you hit fog.

Consider setting up an alarm zone to help you detect contacts.

If your radar display is below decks, have a tested system for communicat­ing to the helm. Some yachts use a private VHF channel.

Stay clear of busy ferry routes

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