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Old 08 November 2007, 13:23   #11
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Is the above scenario not just as likely with a traditional radar reflector? - if not more likely as if there is genuinely "wreckage" there is a fairly good chance the electrics won't last long and so the see me will suddenly "die".

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Old 08 November 2007, 15:07   #12
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Yes, sorry didn't mean to mislead anyone.


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Old 09 November 2007, 10:20   #13
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Anyone considering reflector options may be interested in the study carried out by QinetiQ as hosted here on yachting and Boating world:

The study was commissioned by the MAIB after the sinking of the Ouzo. It examines the performance of a number of reflectors on the market, including the Sea-Me. What is very striking is the degradation of performance of most reflectors at even quite small angles of heel. Also note how the Plastimo tube reflectors perform - even the bigger one is pretty much useless even when virtually perfectly upright - and I have seen these fitted to numerous RIBs.

The Sea-Me performed pretty well and I think it's a good option compared to a passive reflector, assuming you have the power required. it also looks a whole lot better than an octahedral bit of tin bolted to your A-frame! It won't work on S-Band radars though.
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Old 12 November 2007, 11:58   #14
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Decision made

Some usefull infor from you all.
JW + Jono thanks
JC thanks for the post to the report. very interesting.

I will have a Sea-Me and a fixed TriSphere reflector.

The (commercial Boats) who might be on S band will be very visible to me (on radar) due to their size. Also with AIS I should pick them up earlier than on radar alone. No disrespect to leisure boaters but I see them as being more risk to me than commercial shipping - collision wise.

Decision made - now move on to the next thing to understand.. lifejackets..

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