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Old 23 March 2006, 15:44   #1
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Position of radar reflector

Hi all,

First post so please be gentle!

I am thinking about having an echomax radar reflector fitted to the top of my A frame. Does anyone know if this will have any effect on the vhf aerial and gps receiver that I shall also have fitted to the top of the A frame? Should I have a rethink about the position of the radar reflector?
Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 23 March 2006, 15:56   #2
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The echomax is great but not that easy to mount on a RIB - have a look at the Viking Trilens - looks really cool and is very effective as well.

http://www.tri-lens.com/trilensweb12002001.htm

Any yacht chandler that deals with viking safety can order them - about £130 - get the normal sized one - not the mini unless the boat is very small.

Will bolt very easily to an A frame - low profile - looks a bit like a UFO!!!
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Old 24 March 2006, 03:39   #3
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The echomax is great but not that easy to mount on a RIB - have a look at the Viking Trilens - looks really cool and is very effective as well.....
I have a base mounted Echomax EM230 with an all round white light fitted to my double A frame, speaking from firsthand experience (unlike Codders) it was easy to fit.
Echomax have gone to great lengths to properly test there reflectors, which is more than can be said for a lot of manufactures, ithis testing also seemed to satisfy the RNLI who fit this reflector to a number of their boats Des.
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Not a problem to mount at all.





Mounted on A frame on 7 metre Ribcraft.
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I have a Echomax fitted to my A-Frame. This does not have any impact on the VHF and GPS reception. With regards to fitting of the reflector this is easy as only attached by four bolts.


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OK maybe I should rephrase what I said - it may be easy to mount but it just doesn't look right!!! Unless of course you want a dustbin on top of your A frame.

Of course practically speaking there is more wind drag and in a big stuff a dustbin will put more stress on the A frame from the water hitting it!!!

I suspect the reason most people fit them is because they are unaware of the alternatives - most people have never even heard of the trilens and yet it has done very well in tests.

Wait until you see the trilens on my A frame - then you will see what I mean.
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Old 24 March 2006, 10:03   #7
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OK maybe I should rephrase what I said - it may be easy to mount but it just doesn't look right!!!....
No let me reemphasize what you said
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The echomax is great but not that easy to mount on a RIB
Codders codders Codders

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Of course practically speaking there is more wind drag ......
Much less than your head

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.....Wait until you see the trilens on my A frame....
Oh believe me we are and waiting and waiting and waiting.........
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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.
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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.
Because it's not a toy!

It does not look that bad.

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.....who in their right mind is going to want to ruin their RIB and bolt that monstrosity to it.
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 thatís why I have one no more no less Des
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