Si-Tex T-760 Series radar, other ways of integration

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Labozza says:

    Another tip of the hat to Allen & Ted at Si-Tex for once again finding a way to introduce a product that manages to be traditional and innovative at the same time. There have been many discussions I’ve had with both customers and other NMEA Electronics Dealers around the country, and it’s still a pleasant surprise to see that the demand for ‘stand alone’ equipment like a sonar or radar are requested. It does happen to vary a bit from region to region, but surprisingly one thing I’ve noticed is that it’s not just the ‘old salts’ who still demand dedicated displays for each system.
    Many Gen X mariners have been vocal in their desire for such a configuration, be it for instrument independence the desire to avoid the ‘split-screen’ conundrum. With the ability to provide a lollipop and of course AIS targets, it’s a wonderful way to go; if there is enough room at the helm! A unit like this, ruggedly built yet cost and form factor effective, will hopefully find a home on quite a few boats that could utilize it in many of the various scenarios you mentioned Ben. I hope this is the case because in dealing with many boaters who are going in the tablet-nav direction, one VERY alarming comment I have heard way too often over the past 12 months is ‘Hell, with AIS, who needs radar anymore!’ This is a very pervasive thought amongst the masses, as it is seems not everyone understands the limitations to Class B transponders, especially here in NY Harbor. We’ll leave that for another day, as the information is out there [ http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=AISworks ]. Remember fans, AIS is still just an AID to collision avoidance!! God bless it, of course, but SOTDMA!!! It has it’s limits!
    To wrap it up and also propose another perspective, I can see this unit as an optional secondary radar solution for the many boats with rigged with fully integrated MFDs with skippers that might feel a bit more secure having a 21st century scanner ready at a moments notice. I may be biased, but radar has gotten me home when GPS was ‘Out of Service’, so I don’t consider it to be overkill. Look at Gizmo!
    We will see as the roll out moves forward, but I see the T-700 series landing in more than just one type of boat, and I’m looking forward to testing one out for myself out in the snot to see how she handles. Based on the pedigree of the OEM, however, I have no doubt she will impress.

  2. Rick R says:

    I guess that I am one of the “old salts” that Labozza is referring to, as for redundancy purposes, I also prefer radar to be a stand alone unit. I believe that all major systems on a boat should have a backup. Two MFD’s would meet this criteria, but that doubles the cost without adding much to the utility. I consider radar and AIS transponders to be a backup for each other, provided that is, that the other vessel is also equipped with an AIS transponder. But that is a discussion for another time.
    We recently encountered a situation that showed the value of both radar and AIS. We were in the Georgia ICW in thick fog when we encountered an opposite direction tug. We both had radar, AIS transponders (I have a Si-Tex) and were in voice contact via DSC long before we could see each other. The tug loomed out of the fog exactly where we expected him to be, and the pass was made safely.
    We could have anchored out of the channel until the fog lifted, but then we would have missed the nearly high tide needed for the shallow spot ahead.

  3. Gene says:

    I cannot understand why Navco / raymarine / Garmin insist on splitting their wide screens to get a vertical image of the Radar.
    I will be happy to spend my hard earned money if Navico introduce a standalone Briadbabd Radar in a vertical form. Navico has a lot of screens of different sizes in their portfolio to chose one.

  4. Victor says:

    Furuno has a 7″ standalone option but no integration with AIS. Cannot imagine why. Well done Si-Tex.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Si-Tex sent some impressive screen photos they made while field testing the T-760 radar. I added a couple of them as a PS to the entry but then realized they’re on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/Sitex.Marine

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