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Old 13 November 2003, 08:18   #1
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Radar reflectors

I have seen some which look like a small strip light. They are about 14" long and are usually cable tied to the a frame.
Does anyone have experience of these items and who makes them ?
Your views please.
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Yes, we have one. Made by Plastimo I think. Most chandlers stock them.

Do a search here: http://rib.net/forum/search.php?s= on radar AND reflectors as there's loads of archive threads about them.
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Old 13 November 2003, 10:03   #3
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I believe that there is now, or going to be, a legal requirement to have a radar reflector. I have one of these on my boat and all it does is make me legal.

During May I was out at night with my radar on, in flat calm seas, and another boat with the same reflector type was invisible to me all the time !!

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Even when mounted on the a-frame of a rib it is so low to the water that they don't really do anything.
Not sure about the law but if you dont have to have one then dont bother.
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Have a look here:

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/solas.pdf
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Oh, i gather from that that we're all suposed to have one...
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Well, you're not going to be fined for going to sea without one (yet!) but if you were involved in an incident and it was highlighted that you didn't have one fitted, you could be in a spot of bother. 'specially if your insurance company decided not to pay up because of it.
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As far as i'm aware the performance of these tubular radar reflectors is quite poor.

Have alook at this
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To complement what Mark W. said................when we did RB4 we tried 3 diferent radar reflectors on the boat that we on Cyanide were supporting.
Couldn't pick up anything meaningful at all really. Just odd "glimpses".
I am wondering if the radar set being employed to detect the reflector pays a major part here. Maybe on big boats, rescue craft, helicopters etc. their sets are more detailed and accurate and can track small reflectors?
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How about some Ribnet radar reflector burgees stu?
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