Reflections on radar
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.