New to me Simrad radar

mrfishcado

Los Panchos Sportfishing
Mar 25, 2006
526
166
Pomona, CA
Name
Paco
Boat
1996 Ranger 488VS 1980 24' Skipjack "La Cuarentona"
Just picked up a Simrad 4G broadband Radar for my Skipjack. Is the overlay option worth installation of a separate gps antena? How many use the overlay option.

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FULLY LOADED

Long time member
Aug 10, 2005
177
206
VISTA CA
www.LongerShelfLife.com
Name
MARK aka "Mako"
Boat
Skipjack 262 Diesel "One Eyed Jack"
I have that on my Skipjack and I added the GPS. I think the overlay is worth it.. 2 screens at once..
 

ShadowX

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Oct 10, 2010
1,695
1,346
Los Angeles
Name
Alex
Boat
None
Are you talking about an external GPS or do you mean the Point-1 compass? The compass is a must in my opinion. This is not because of the overlay, but to keep the boat pointing in the right direction on the chart while you are sitting stationary. If you use GPS to determine your heading, it would spin around and around when you are in one spot. The compass makes your boat point in the correct direction on the charts at all times.

If you have an autopilot, you must get the Point 1AP model instead of a standard Point 1 compass. The Point 1AP does not filter out data so its more responsive on an autopilot system. The standard Point 1 compass filters data and only sends in the data with a lag. That lag is no good when you have an autopilot moving at slow speeds. It would make S-turns since it does not get data fast enough to make quicker adjustments.
 

tuner

pysgotwyr
May 24, 2006
1,348
881
Huntington Beach
Name
Steve
Boat
260 Mackinaw
Get the Point 1. Radar over chart is a great feature, I use it to determine if a spot is occupied and, if so, how the boats are positioned. This help me decide if I can effectively fish a spot or not, SOP at places like Izor's and Catalina.
 

mrfishcado

Los Panchos Sportfishing
Mar 25, 2006
526
166
Pomona, CA
Name
Paco
Boat
1996 Ranger 488VS 1980 24' Skipjack "La Cuarentona"
I have a point 1 antenna but it has to be 3 feet from the radar. If anyone has it on a 24’ open Skipjack, where did you place the antenna? I was thinking on the stern.
 

Tesoro

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 5, 2015
265
165
59
Brookings, Southern Oregon
Name
Chris Berlin
Boat
21 Arima Ranger
I love my 4g. I fish in thick fog around other boats and it works great with guard zones. And to find commercial crab buoys.