The Radar Book

The Radar Book by Kevin Monahan. This book is recommended by The US power squadron and was published in 2003. Author Kevin Monahan, an Canadian Coast Guard officer, presents the complete picture on how to maximize the use of a marine radar systems. By using practical examples, illustrated with screen pictures, you will learn how to tune a radar system, interpret the display, and take advantage of all of the built-in features. The 248 page book includes step by step examples of an actual trip showing the radar display with the corresponding chart to show how to interpret the display in a variety of weather conditions.

The book also includes extensive discussions of today’s next generation radar systems, combining radar with electronic chart and automatic target plotting technology, as well as tips and recommendations for the purchase and installation of a new system.

The Radar Book, Kevin Monahan’s Description

From the Introduction

Using a modern radar set, you can observe your surroundings in daylight or darkness, through fog, snow and rain, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Other navigation systems, such as GPS and Loran C interfaced with chart plotters, will tell you immediately where you are in relation to land and other permanent features, but they don’t tell you about transient phenomena, such as other boats, barges, floating obstructions, etc. Radar is the only navigational aid that not only helps you find out where you are, but shows you where everyone else is too.

Using radar you can observe a dynamic, changing situation in real time in zero visibility and darkness, yet navigate with confidence and safety. In other words, having a radar set is almost like having x-ray vision.

Yet many boaters find radar displays hard to interpret and, consequently they fail to use their equipment anywhere near its full potential. Of all the navigational aids available to the recreational and small commercial boater, radar requires the most interpretation in order to be used successfully; but once mastered, radar is the most valuable of them all.

This book will help you understand how your radar works, so you can properly control and interpret the information it provides, as well as teach you the techniques for navigation, blind piloting, and collision avoidance, so you can get absolutely the most out of your set.