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Thread: "Radar Scanner Placement"

12,268 posts on 2,444 threads   •   From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012

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Radar Scanner Placement


Tarlex

i am looking to put a 12 inch scanner on my westsail 32 what is the most used system back stay. mast or on a pole at the stern. i am trying to keep the overall outline of the boat as original as possible. there does not seem to be any retail outlets in australia that sells the back stay system. chris murphy



Hi Chris, have you seen http://www.questusmarine.com
they have a backstay system, probably not availabe in Aus, but might be worth contacting them.



Yikes! $1100 for a backstay mount for 18" (or less) dome! Costs more than the JRC 1500 I'm thinking about ;)

Nice tho with the 'always horiz' gimbal feature.

I have to wonder how much stress all that weight/mass adds to the backstay though. Is mounting a radome to the backstay an accepted practice?


Bud Taplin
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Chris,

I would recommend putting the radar dome on a small pole mounted on the starboard boomkin, with a brace tube going forward to the boom gallows, and another going down to the port boomkin. The backstay mount causes vibration and strain on the backstay, with the possibility of work hardening the strands, and failure of the backstay wire. My opinion only.

Bud

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