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Radar reflectors

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pjbharrison says:

Hoping to cruise a bit further afield next season and was checking out radar reflectors.

Found the following report on the PBO website which makes interesting reading

www.pbo.co.uk/news/405652/ouzo-report-radar-reflector-tes...

www.ybw.com/pbo/pdfs/radar_reflectors.pdf
10:12AM, 7 November 2010 PDT (permalink)

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Red Marlin says:

Good topic. I use a octahedral but it is a pain having to put it up and having it waving around in the rigging. Have thought of a Firdell Blipper, be interesting to hear comments. Have also considered fitting an AIS receiver. AIS has its limitations but when singlehanded may help with the major concern of knowing what big stuff is around
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pjbharrison says:

Found this article by Echomax about Firdell and others
Obviously biased buy does raise some concerns........
108 months ago (permalink)

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rothwell_neil says:

looks like my plastimo tube is virtually useless then!
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Skykomish E29 says:

Yes I will be watching this thread with interest as we need one for our boat and from the articles I am not sure what to use now . The obvious answer is one of the Active reflectors but they are just SOOOO expensive.
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pjbharrison says:

Taking weight up the mast, lack of power and cost into consideration I am leaning towards the Standard tri lens @£130 but it still doesn't meet the ISO8729 standard.
Perhaps in response to the reports one of the manufacturers will come up with something that does meet the standard at a reasonable cost before next season.
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rothwell_neil says:

Alternatively sail in the Solway as nothing else is there! I know from a guy that had radar that he could see me with my reflector as he told me so. I guess at a mile it is more of a case of hoping they are looking!
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