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    Posted: 04October2014 at 12:37pm
When I was out the other day I could see the channel buoys very clearly on the radar. Do they use static or active radar reflectors?
What do others use? I am guessing you need to fit behind the radar arch?
Also interested in an EPIRB or PLB which is best? I was thinking really of when I am out on my own to have one and a waterproof VHF on my life jacket. Any recommendations for both?
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jonny, do you have a radar already?


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Yes I have a radar but haven't got a radar reflector on the boat.
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Even if you have radar, you should have radar reflector. It is the difference in seeing and being seen.

Plb vs epirb is personal vs boat. Plb fits on your belt or in jacket f you fall in. Epirb is before you abandon ship. Different application
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A radar reflector assumes the other person is actually looking at their radar. Don't assume they are. I prefer to put my faith in AIS for long range warning and a Mk I eyeball for closer.
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I made a post last night and deleted it, because I let emotion write it for me, and the use of expletives made up a fair amount of the post...

I was coming back to Gosport last night.
Had my AIS on and Radar on.
I was observant as well.. I passed within 20 feet a small catamaran with no AIS, No reflector, and NO lights.. (I didn't see him until I was right up on him.

Whilst I was still cursing him and calling him all the names under the sun, I passed 2 anchored fishing boats.. (Gillkicker)
Neither showed up on radar (I guess they were glass, with limited to no metalwork)
1 had a light on which was yellowing and looked like the battery was about to give up, the other.... The other had no light, but the moron on it had a head torch on..

It does rattle me a bit... I mean, I don't care if they want to go and kill themselves but they also put others in danger, and that I really don't think is fair.

We are only ever as safe as the idiots that really don't give a damn...
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I heard about those two in Gilkicker, I know who had the anchor light so I will mention it to him that he needs a brighter one. He was also complaining about the guys with the head torches.
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I've got "Sea Me" fitted on the new boat, that should help being seen however I'm not sure I will be out at night for a long time especially with a berth only a few feet longer then the boat. Struggling with the parking during the day let alone at night.
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I have an Echomax radar reflector mounted on a fabricated stainless steel arch that holds the reflector above the radar on the cabin roof.   Works well.

Off now to try for the cod.........
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Mcmurdo 4 your plb just under 200
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