Re­flec­tions on radar

Practical Boat Owner - - Practical -

All the yachts are equipped with Echomax pas­sive radar re­flec­tors for safety rea­sons, pro­vid­ing an au­di­ble warn­ing when shipping is in their area.

The in­ter­est­ing thing is where skip­pers mounted the aeri­als. Some went for rail mount­ings around the cock­pit on the ba­sis that a low po­si­tion lessens the range and num­ber of alarms they will get wo­ken by. As one skip­per ex­plained: “I only want to be alerted when shipping is within a 5-6 mile range.”

Phillipe Péché, on the other hand, look­ing for any ad­van­tage, mounted his aerial at the top of the mast to give him 20-30 mile range.

“That gives me the op­tion of call­ing them up on VHF to check my po­si­tion. I can al­ways turn the vol­ume down if I need to sleep,” he ex­plained.

Ac­cord­ing to John Simp­son, Echomax’s en­thu­si­as­tic MD, Susie Goodall had the op­ti­mal in­stal­la­tion – just be­low the spread­ers on her Rustler 36.

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