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Old 24 March 2006, 13:45   #11
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Who in their right mind cares what it looks like it is a safely device. being obsessed by appearance is the domain of chavs are a bling merchant
Echomax works that’s why I have one no more no less Des
At the risk of being shot down in flames,are they strictly necessary in the Solent?I accept they may be of use on a channel crossing or certainly for night passages but on the whole would have thought that the speed and inherent manouvreability of our craft it should be far easier for us to stay out of shippings way.
I do have to say that the fitting of that reflectors base on the A frame doesn't look as though it would last, long bolts going up through plastic or are the holes in it's base reinforced with something?
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Old 24 March 2006, 14:10   #12
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At the risk of being shot down in flames,are they strictly necessary in the Solent?I accept they may be of use on a channel crossing or certainly for night passages but on the whole would have thought that the speed and inherent manouvreability of our craft it should be far easier for us to stay out of shippings way.
Here is an extract from the Solas V requirements:

Radar Reflectors
Many large ships rely on radar for navigation and for spotting
other vessels in their vicinity. So, whatever size your boat is,
it’s important to make sure that you can be seen by radar.
Regulation V/19 requires all small craft to fit a radar reflector
‘if practicable’. If your boat is more than 15m in length, you
should be able to fit a radar reflector that meets the IMO
requirements of 10m2. If your boat is less than 15m in length,
you should fit the largest radar reflector you can. Whatever
size your boat is, the radar reflector should be fitted according
to the manufacturer’s instructions and as high as possible to
maximise its effectiveness.


And not every boat stays in the Solent!! As a coded vessel as soon as it leaves either Hurst or Bembridge then Solas V comes into operation.
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Old 24 March 2006, 14:36   #13
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Oh no! Crashed and burned,I hereby stand very corrected BUT they aren't strisctly necessary in most of the Solent then
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Old 24 March 2006, 15:00   #14
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Thanks for all the input.

Good to see some lively debate on my first posting!

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Old 24 March 2006, 15:53   #15
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Still I wont be bolting anything like that to my a-frame...

That thing must completely prevent transmitting any VHF to Port. And don't say it doesn't - because I don't believe you - a fecking great thing as big as the antenna who's sole purpose is to gather up as much of any passing em waves as possible and send them back where they came from must have a dramatic effect on vhf in that direction...

I'm with codrpawn and his discrete white one. Should I ever feel the need to fit a radar reflector (which I don't) that's what I will go for.
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Old 24 March 2006, 15:54   #16
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that thing looks more like a self righting bag than a radar reflector who in their right mind is going to want to ruin their RIB and bolt that monstrosity to it.
Glad to see someone agrees!!!

I realise they are important bits of safety kit - if it wasn't for the Trilens I would fit the Echomax as at least it works very well but if there isn't really anything to choose in performance you may as well get a neater alternative!!!
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Old 24 March 2006, 17:20   #17
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I have an admittance - I ordered an Echomax for my last RIB and mounted it on top of the A frame. After more than one person at the Marina asked if I was now operating a ferry service for CalMac (red funnel!), I mounted it on the underside of the A frame. A compromise between aesthetics and practicality, I guess.
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Old 24 March 2006, 17:50   #18
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That thing must completely prevent transmitting any VHF to Port. And don't say it doesn't - because I don't believe you - a fecking great thing as big as the antenna who's sole purpose is to gather up as much of any passing em waves as possible and send them back where they came from must have a dramatic effect on vhf in that direction...
I have to agree, i can't see how it can reflect Radar and not VHF, and neither can either of my flatmates who have communictions engineering degrees!
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Old 24 March 2006, 18:13   #19
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...have a look at the Viking Trilens - looks really cool and is very effective as well.
Codprawn, could you share with us the performance data you have for the Trilens?
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Old 24 March 2006, 18:23   #20
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Codprawn, could you share with us the performance data you have for the Trilens?
No cos they are in various yachting/boating mags I have bought in the past. From what the reviews said the 2 best allround performers were the echomax type and the trilens. The old style octos worked very well but only from cerian angles etc.

http://www.tri-lens.com/trilensweb12002005.htm

Some articles here which I haven't read yet - prob Yank - I read about them in various British mags.

Another great reflector and looks really cool is the Cyclops - British as well but try finding out anything about them - they are too busy doing MOD work to bother!!!
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