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Old 27 June 2012, 15:43   #1
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Anyone got Thermal Imaging aboard?

I have just bought a Flir Thermal Imaging System for safety reasons on my RIB, anyone else use them?
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Old 27 June 2012, 15:51   #2
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Unless operating in a search and rescue capacity I can't see the point!
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Old 27 June 2012, 15:54   #3
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What if you lose a passenger at night, or you are in thick fog, or going up a dark channel? It will pick up lobster pots in the dark as well as guide you into a bay and show up rocks and any other obstacles sticking out of the water. You really need to use one to see the benefits, it's really great stuff
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Old 27 June 2012, 15:56   #4
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Thermal Imaging or Infrared ?? if Thermal how do you cool it ??
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Old 27 June 2012, 15:57   #5
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Old 27 June 2012, 16:00   #6
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Thermal imaging, I don't cool it, I turn it on and look at the screen and when finished turn it off I can have it in all sorts of modes and colouring, I can also press a button and it takes a picture onto an SD card, I will take some pictures at the weekend and post them, good to look for hot spots on your engine or leaks in the hull as they will show up as well

Surely I can't be the only Searider 4m with thermal imaging! http://www.flircameras.co.uk/?gclid=...FccLfAodW1DKtQ

I paid £2k for mine (i5) but I have just looked and they are down to just under £1,600 so a bargain really http://www.pat-services.co.uk/flir-i...FQwjfAodxi1uxQ
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Old 27 June 2012, 16:18   #7
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Old 27 June 2012, 16:25   #8
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This is the difference with and without, totally amazing

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Old 27 June 2012, 16:30   #9
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Sr4 you are starting to sound like codders with some of your off the wall posts!
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Old 27 June 2012, 16:55   #10
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The FLIR kit is quite amazing, if I did any night boating I'd have to get one. Shame about the price but I know they are working really hard to get the price down. I did work for Raymarine and saw some of the development roadmap had had chance to play with some of the top end kit.
As to having on on a small rib, why not if you can justify it. Remember to take it to a social gathering at some point and see just what else they can reveal.
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Old 27 June 2012, 17:46   #11
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I'm saving up my pocket money to get one of these.... http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/...view/?id=50774
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Old 27 June 2012, 17:52   #12
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I think 2k spend on bigger boat- might help to prevent MOB and Training ....

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Great Piece of kit and undoubtably a bonus but for that kind of money I'd rather slow down and use pilotage / night vision when approaching an anchorage or harbour.

How did Vasco DaGama get on with out one??
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Old 27 June 2012, 19:05   #14
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too expensive!

I like the look of them and have been trying to get one fitted to my big ship, but the company "she say NO!"

Apparently too expensive to spend 3,000 Bucks on a $220,000,000 ship!

Ah well live in hope..............
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Surely you don't need one of those, with all the other expensive gadgets you must have aboard a vessel of that size and value, although more the merrier I guess, but wouldn't you need two, one for the pointy end and one aft.
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I've got one, turned it on the other day for the 1st time in about a year. Should tell you something!

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Oh yeah..... who or what had you lost overboard?
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I've got one, turned it on the other day for the 1st time in about a year. Should tell you something!
Did you use it at all on your night passages?
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Old 28 June 2012, 03:41   #19
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Anyone got Thermal Imaging aboard?
Only when my passengers wear one of these

Global Technacolour Heat Reactive Colour Shifting T-shirts
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We've got one at work.

Good for finding hot spots on machinery and switch panels and also water and delamination in sandwich and carbon structures.

We use it for looking at damaged boats to determine the extent of damage. Was a lot more than the one above and has about 10 times the resolution.

Never felt the need to have it in the boat
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