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Old 04 January 2009, 09:07   #11
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surely that is one of the least important criteria for radar reflector selection not one of the most.
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The trilens performed as well if not better than the Echomax - it looks far better and has less windage - no contest!!!
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Thanks for all the replies folks. Much appreciated.

The Cyclops does look great but even the Trilens is 153! Do we REALLY need one on a rib?
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Thanks for all the replies folks. Much appreciated.

The Cyclops does look great but even the Trilens is 153! Do we REALLY need one on a rib?
Only if you are going slowly in fog or at night.

To be honest I would rather not have one - much more fun sneaking about so nobody knows where you are.........
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Only if you are going slowly in fog or at night.

To be honest I would rather not have one - much more fun sneaking about so nobody knows where you are.........
Love it codprawn!!! EXCELLENT - good clear answer! THANKS
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Old 04 January 2009, 17:01   #15
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The Cyclops does look great but even the Trilens is 153!
So that's about 150 mile's worth of fuel. Not so much in the scale of boating costs is it?

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If you have space to fit one, you are obliged to do so.
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Old 05 January 2009, 10:33   #16
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I've got the MAIB's assessment on various radar reflectors saved.

Here's the link for those interested.

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources...s%20report.pdf

This extract, from the summary, makes interesting reading.

"It is recommended that poorly performing radar reflectors are not fitted as it
is possible that the user could be lulled into a false sense of security believing
that their chances of detection has been enhanced."


I guess the moral is that if you have a radar reflector, carry on assuming that you are totally invisible to any other boat traffic.
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if you want you're boat coded you have to have one, and it seems they don't care which one as long as it's on the boat, they'll be wanting ashtrays on them next
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except for the a.i.s electronic type reflectors,most manufacturers boast that there products are the best and give out a good target ,thing is most are tested in labs under ideal conditions its only when your bobbing and rocking about in a 2 meter swell when the thing doesent come up to the expectations that you thought it did and the carrier bag full of squashed aluminium drink cans is giving out better results .
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I think it is well worth carrying a chaff or radar flare. You will make a huge splodge on a ship's radar screen and it may be useful in deflecting a missile if you have the need...............
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and the carrier bag full of squashed aluminium drink cans is giving out better results .
Yeah, that's the reason we always take out a slab of beer as part of the emergency kit and make sure it's drunk in the first hour or so - wouldn't want to get caught in the fog on the way back without the tinnies in a dustbin bag strapped to the A frame.

Of course, we've gone green too cos they get recycled - in the old days we used to just hurl em over the side.
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