Originally Posted by MastUndSchotbruch
The question was whether it makes sense to take it off the mast and hoist it to the spreaders when needed.
1 - If it make you feel good, sure, hoist it when it gets foggy.
2 - By all means, take it down from its permanent position. From the sound of it, it is more hassle than it is worth.
We have radar and use it when needed. And that can easily be about 1/4 to 1/3 of the time during a three week trip.
We also have AIS and use it as well..
Us, personally, we would not be without our radar nor our AIS. And yes, I do have a cheap (bought a Bacon's 2nd hand) fold up reflector. I don't think I've put it up yet. Our sailing buddies say we give a pretty good target on their radar.