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Old 08 August 2004, 18:06   #1
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Radar returns

Anyone had any experience of radar transponders? I could do with info on their effectiveness, reliability etc.
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Old 09 August 2004, 06:35   #2
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Anyone had any experience of radar transponders? I could do with info on their effectiveness, reliability etc.
I am sure that the Practical Boat Owner did a test on them last year and founf out that the one (Sea me??) that is hard wired in was founf to be the best, and also the dearest at about 400 or so. I have noticed that quite a few boats in the Marina are now sporting them.
I would think that your new boat should give quite a good bounce on a radar with the wheelhouse that you have fitted.
I Have checked my own boat which has just a cuddy on it and get quite a good signature with out any radar reflector fitted.
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Thanks for that, Andy. I'll have a look at PBO.
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As far as I know active radar transponders are not approved as an alternative to a reflector for the purposes of Solas V. Worth checking out! But I know which will work best, as long as you have power.
I see that cheap AIS receivers are now coming on the market, for those who have their boat in a busy waterway these may be well worth a look, especially for channel and north sea crossings.
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Yes, thanks, I guessed that.

I noticed the AIS receiver price too and the local navigation service has recently been asking boats whether they have one. I'll have a wee think about it. Might as well lay in the cable now, while it's accessible, as bu**er about at a later date.
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