How do you test three radars on a 22-foot boat?

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

3 Responses

  1. Ben-
    Beautifully done as per usual. My only suggestion is to lower that IR camera before you test the Lowrance radar so that it is not in the field of view and casting some odd reflections or blockage. Those tiny 18 – 24″ printed circuit antennas are already limited in capability with relatively high sidelobes. Adding something as large as the IR camera to the scene won’t be helpful to your desire for true side by side simultaneous comparison.

    All the best in recovering from Ian and avoiding any further incidents from Nicole. I thought you might also be concerned about debris in the water from Ian, regardless – safe and happy testing!

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Thanks, that’s a great suggestion. I’m going to try and do everything I can to keep the comparison as even as possible, including taking your suggestion of knocking down the thermal camera. But, I think there are probably some differences based on location I won’t be able to overcome. For example, reflections from the VHF ratchets for the Garmin radar, etc.

      -Ben S.

  2. Hi Ben,

    Interesting – I spotted an old but well-maintained vessel on Maine a couple years ago with the same situation:


    p.s. If there is anything I can do to help you & the family out, we’re finally settled in Ft. Myers for the winter 🙂

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