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post #13 of Old 08-24-2006
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We passed by a ferry one night a couple of weeks ago in our J/36. We called him on the radio to confirm that he was passing behind us (channel 13 around here, for commercial traffic) and also asked him if we showed on his radar. The weather was clear (though it was dark), with waves 1-2 ft, and he was about a half mile off our stern. Our radar reflector was not deployed. After looking carefully for a bit, he replied "yes". In busy waters, with ferries popping out from behind islands and points, along with possibly less careful non-professional sailors around, a reflector sounds like cheap insurance and prudent seamanship.
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