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Old 25 October 2009, 21:23   #21
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If you have a Radar that's gives out a signal which is picked up by other radars whem it's switched on so no need for your relector to be in the way.

You could mount it on the side of the A frame. Put the Radar on Top of the A frame ( Radar Arch) and mount your All round white on the underside of the toob/plate your Radar Transitter is mounted on.

Failing that Gaffa tape your Navigator as high up the Aframe as you can lift him/her and just pass the the stuff as needed
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Old 25 October 2009, 21:50   #22
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Failing that Gaffa tape your Navigator as high up the Aframe as you can lift him/her and just pass the the stuff as needed
Aha! Brilliant idea. I could lose one of the seats then. Cut down on weight, increase speed and at the same time reduce fuel consumption.

Just one question though, would gaffa taping the wife to the A frame affect the aerodynamics and then actually lead to a reduction in speed and an increase in fuel consumption?

This boating lark is harder than it seems.
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Old 26 October 2009, 02:50   #23
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Thanks all - some really excellent ideas - although gaffa taping myself (as the wife) to the A frame does seems a bit extreme Mr Beard

I'm going to look at some rubber for the deck, a large spotlight and indulge in an AIS reciever the the Garmin - may even give the active Radar Reflector a go - can always re sell if for a small loss if it proves to be pointless - at least that's what hubby thinks

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Old 26 October 2009, 02:58   #24
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Ahhh you are missing the most VITAL of all equipment..A Gopro HD Sportscam to capture all those memorable trips, to watch back in the cold dark of winter..

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Old 26 October 2009, 03:26   #25
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Now that does look like a shinny toy - off to have a look - thanks Tony

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Old 26 October 2009, 06:52   #26
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I am not suggesting that Knot Yet mounts an air raid searchlight on her SR!
A simple hand held Aqua Signal searchlight or the like would suffice.
There are many high intensity lighthouses around the coast which cause light to be directed at ships bridges, loss of night vision is not a problem.
As small vessels are often not conspicuous visually or by radar,on a ship travelling at 20kn for example, detecting a small vessel on a steady bearing at a range of 1 mile gives 3 minutes for one or both vessels to take evasive action. If on the small vessel I think that the prospect of impairing a watchkeepers night vision would be far from my first thought, if on the bridge of the other vessel I think I would prefer to have someone point a searchlight at me to alert me of the presence of an inconspicious vessel than not at all.
Finally, as the crew on merchant vessels have cabins & therefore do not need to sleep on the bridge during their rest hours the only inference that can be drawn from the "(who is awake)" comment is that watchkeepers on the bridge of a merchant or other vessel may not even be awake, this is a wholly unfair inference.
I have no idea what IMHO means.
IMHO = In my humble opinion
I don't think its an unfair inference that the watchkeeper may not be awake on the bridge of a ship. Perhaps not in the Solent. But there is good reason why the MAIB always consider "fatigue" in their reports.

Perhaps you were proposing being more "gentle" than I expected. Its not uncommon for yachties to have a 3million-trillion-billion candlepower torch in the cockpit at night - for shining on the "sails" to highlight a risk of collision. I have heard yachties suggesting this should be shone at the bridge of any ship (or motor boat!) they percieve as a hazard.
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Tony thats a cracking RIB you have there - my 14 year was standing behind while I watched the clip muttering "I want that one"!!

What speed does it fly at

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Lol thanks...My 14 years old loves it too.
We manage around 60-65 knots....on a good day.
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Just one question though, would gaffa taping the wife to the A frame affect the aerodynamics and then actually lead to a reduction in speed and an increase in fuel consumption?

This boating lark is harder than it seems.
Not if you make sure the mouth is firmly taped up
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I don't think its an unfair inference that the watchkeeper may not be awake on the bridge of a ship. Perhaps not in the Solent. But there is good reason why the MAIB always consider "fatigue" in their reports.

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Hmm, How many MAIB Investigations have concluded that the accident was caused by fatigue
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