Furuno Radar Model 1832

If we had to choose only one piece of electronics to have on board Morgan’s Cloud, it would be radar.

We have installed electronic charting but continue to use paper charts and take bearings with a hand-held compass and ranges with radar. In areas that are prone to heavy fog, as the high latitudes can be, this is an essential piece of equipment. We also use the radar for anchoring in tight anchorages and chose the Furuno radar for its short ranges that make this possible. Our old Furuno radar was still working after 11 years in our open cockpit—great gear. We built an aluminum housing for the new one.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Ralph McMorris Oct 13, 2015, 1:15 pm

    Hi John,
    I really like the idea of the aluminum housings you have made for your cockpit electronics! I assume they have removable doors that are lockable?
    I would like to copy you and do something very similar for our boat. Ours is a center cockpit with a hard dodger. Do you have any thoughts or considerations you could pass along regarding this excellent idea?
    Great site by the way!
    Thanks in advance,

    • John Oct 14, 2015, 7:31 am

      Hi Ralph,

      Thanks for the kind comments.

      You can get a good view of the housings in this video

      Yes, the housings have covers made of plywood that lock.

      The starboard housing is aluminium, made by a fabricator. The port one is painted plywood that I made.

      I think, if I were doing it again, I would make them both from ply, or possibly some kind of plastic laminate.

      It’s worth installing a small breaker panel in each housing, so you only need to run one power line to each.

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