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.