Originally Posted by willk
That's WHY they fit reflectors on them - not generally needed on oil tankers!
And Just how MANY RIB's been mowed down by Merchant vessels lately??
That's With and without Radar reflectors!?...Waste of time!...
There's one of Google Boy
When it's rough your in troughs a lot of the time....(below Sea level) when it's not....it's flat and you should have good vis...and other stuff is very easy to avoid in a fast Power Boat..and give a wide berth!..
on the rare occasions when it's Foggy AND you're off shore in the lanes..(most pleasure Boaters don't venture out of sight of land) they're looking for much bigger slower moving vessels than the average size nimble fast moving RIB...and do you really reckon IF they (a large container vessel or Tanker/Merchantman) DID Actully happen to see a VERY faint and intermittent blip...from a Biscuit tin sized bit of metal pitching about little more than 1m above The Sea..they'd change course!!!??
...don't Kid Yerself!
Maybe the RAF could save a load of money not training to fly at low level...(it'd take an exceptional Pilot to fly lower than an A-frame!!)!
(to avoid Radar) or maybe the multi million pound military defence Radar systems aren't up to the standard of civilian kit carried on old Chanell chuggers...and the civilian/merchant operators are much more vigilant??