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Old 27 March 2006, 10:02   #41
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Under Solas it is a requirement for sea going vessels to have a radar reflector. The whole purpose of a reflector is for other vessels to see you, and the bigger the reflector the better.
Doesn't the regulation say "if practicable" I don't consider moving all my factory fitted electronics or having to weld extra platforms to my RIBs A-Frame "practicable".

I could probably do something like Hugh has done here but im sure we will all agree that is pretty pointless (sorry hugh)

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Old 27 March 2006, 10:09   #42
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Go on king of gooogle, prove it
There is nothing on the Trilens website about there performance other than they say they are good whereas Echomax show their results warts and all Des
As I said before I read the tests in various British boating mags who are fairly well established.

The trilens site is crap - they only show the reflector mounted to a mast which looks stupid - it is far better designed for power boats - in particular small ones!!!
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Old 27 March 2006, 10:30   #43
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Yes you are correct it does say "if practical" You can buy smaller reflectors which can quite easily be cable tied to the A-Frame.

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Old 27 March 2006, 10:33   #44
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As I said before I read the tests in various British boating mags who are fairly well established.....
Oh thatís alright then, I was worried for a moment it was only your opinion Des
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Old 27 March 2006, 10:39   #45
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Oh thatís alright then, I was worried for a moment it was only your opinion Des
I would never buy anything without trying to find out if it's any good first!!!
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Polar diagram for the standard Trilens and Echomax EM230.
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I've just been through this entire do I/do I not argument with my new boat.

In the end I personally decided not to get an Echomax permanently fitted Ė reasoning behind this being, lack of space on the top of the a-frame and in this position its likely hood of dropping off. I was going to get a bracket fabricated so it could be mounted on the side of the a-frame, but it would have been quite low. Instead I will fit one of those completely useless 2" tubes (mounted vertically, not horizontally where it would be 100% useless) and will carry an inflatable Echomax (which performs better than the Trilens) for reduced vis/emergency situations.

Although I understand and fully appreciate the Solas V requirements, I think that on the whole, for small pleasure craft a mandatory radar reflector is not as useful as for ex. mandatory VHF.
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Polar diagram for the standard Trilens.
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Isn't that a combined polar diagram of a EM230 (Echomax) and a Trilens and unless i'm reading it wrong the Echomax is out performing the Trilens even in its nulls Des
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Isn't that a combined polar diagram of a EM230 (Echomax) and a Trilens and unless i'm reading it wrong the Echomax is out performing the Trilens even in it nulls Des
Yes, sorry thats what I meant to say.. and yes the echomax out performs even in its nulls!
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Old 27 March 2006, 11:14   #50
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..... Instead I will fit one of those completely useless 2" tubes (mounted vertically, not horizontally where it would be 100% useless) and will carry an inflatable Echomax (which performs better than the Trilens) for reduced vis/emergency situations.....
Donít quite understand why you are fitting the 2Ē one but the inflatable reflector makes loads of sense do you know how they are getting that type of performance Des
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