You'll be looking at prices between £100-£150/$150-$230/135-205 EUROS depending on where you take it.
With the price of radar sets falling, they are becoming accessible to more and more boat owners.
Believe it or not, a lobster pot with a radar reflector can look identical to a supertanker on a radar set. Where in some countries lobster pots can be guarded rather jealously by armed fishermen, you won’t even scratch a supertanker’s paint as it smashes your yacht to matchwood!
Waves can also show as targets, as can rain squalls – which can in turn mask the tanker...
Learning how to use radar effectively should enable you to use it effectively and to the full of the system’s potential.
It teaches you how to best use radar, and this can be invaluable in low visibility such as heavy rain or fog.
It is a one day classroom based theory course.
It is available worldwide. You can do the course anywhere that that has RYA accreditation to offer it.
No experience is required. It is advisable to have the use of a radar set…
The RYA Radar course takes one day to complete.
Radar skills are a useful adjunct to any other motor or sailing qualification.
This is a useful qualification to have if you are planning an extended, offshore passage, perhaps going globetrotting after early retirement.
Even when you are staying within European waters, there are places such as the shipping lanes up the Channel that can be foggy, so if planning a passage to the continent, such a system aboard – and the knowledge to use it correctly - can really help as you go about your business.