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Old 20 July 2011, 17:01   #11
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It looks nice when you need flat ones. I've seen those cheap plastimo tubes fitted horizontally on some boats (previous owner of my boat did it as well) - not too briliant idea. From sides it bounces back nay better than bottom of can of coke. I've seen even echomaxes and similar size pricey reflectors fitted that way - seem like waste of money when it doesnt work as it should from all the directions. I'm looking for someting reasonable for my a-frame now as well, more ideas appreciated. At the moment I'm between this thickest plastimo tube and echomax.
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Old 21 July 2011, 00:11   #12
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I fitted one of those this year. The alloy tube through the unit was threaded straight into my A-frame. 2 weeks ago (8th outing / 15 hours total perhaps) the tube cracked through at the threads and it fell over. Only the wire for the light mounted on top kept it onboard.

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Old 21 July 2011, 02:40   #13
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At the moment I'm between this thickest plastimo tube and echomax.
Echomax, the plastimo tube type are a waste of money, space & time. If you are going to spend money & effort fitting one, it might as well be one that works.
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Old 21 July 2011, 06:42   #14
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Trilens, good reflecting qualities. MAIB did a test after Yacht Ozuo was tragically run over.

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources...s%20report.pdf

However, 1 fell off my rib in to the Thames after the mounting threads stripped but I was able to recover it. Last weekend it stripped the threads again and this time my reflector is sitting on the seabed in Start Bay. Awesome!!!

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Old 21 July 2011, 06:56   #15
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Trilens, good reflecting qualities. MAIB did a test after Yacht Ozuo was tragically run over.

http://www.maib.gov.uk/cms_resources...s%20report.pdf

However, 1 fell off my rib in to the Thames after the mounting threads stripped but I was able to recover it. Last weekend it stripped the threads again and this time my reflector is sitting on the seabed in Start Bay. Awesome!!!

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We found the same the Tri lens had a good write up and the first issues had useless mounting caps which as you said threaded and came of or split with vibration. The newer ones come with a metal cap which is painted rather than the white plastic and also a small amount of loctite holds the threaded cap in place. Lessons learnt we hope for the suppliers
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Old 21 July 2011, 07:18   #16
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On mine it was the threads on the tube that runs through the unit that cracked, not the mount. The unit is probably too heavy for the tube when attached high up on an A-frame being bounced in all 3 dimensions across the waves on a RIB. I had a short aluminium extension pole up to the anchor light that would not have helped (but was not that heavy).

I have dremmelled out the broken tube (its just held inside the plastic case by the shoulder on the thread) and am considering sliding over a stainless Shakespeare antenna extension pole.

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