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echomaster radar reflector

Ive got a Davis Instruments 'Emergency Echomaster-style Radar Reflector' on board. While it doesnt take up much space, I must say that when looking at the jetsons-esque piece of gear I had to wonder if it actually works or how effective it would actually be if ever needed. Should it be kept as a back up to more modern position reporting systems?

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It is actually one of the more effective radar reflectors available...certainly one of the most cost-effective.

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I've got the regular/normal sized Echomaster. Most reviews rate them well when mounted high in the raincatcher position. If I remember correctly, the emergency Echomaster that you have is a bit smaller and is made of foam board covered with foil, as opposed to the all-metal construction of the larger "normal" Echomaster.

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crap... I think you're right about that...

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I've got the regular/normal sized Echomaster. Most reviews rate them well when mounted high in the raincatcher position. If I remember correctly, the emergency Echomaster that you have is a bit smaller and is made of foam board covered with foil, as opposed to the all-metal construction of the larger "normal" Echomaster.

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I am getting the standard one as a radar reflector is required in Canada.

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its the foil covered version

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The foam emergency Echomaster is better than no reflector at all, but if you're concerned about your visibility to radar you might consider upgrading to the normal version for a nominal cost. They're often available on eBay for about $30.

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I am getting the standard one as a radar reflector is required in Canada.
REQUIRED??
I didn't know that. I only just got one maybe two years ago and sailed without one for 5 seasons. Nobody told me they were required. Anyway I have a cheapo mobi long cylindrical styled one hanging off the spreader tip. I hope they see me with that, but if not, I always see them and stay out of the way and I am not ever a night sailor nor fog sailor. Just a fair weather day sailor.
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Post Link to a good artilce testing various reflectors

http://offshore.ussailing.org/Assets...r+Test.pdf.pdf

FWIW, I ended up with the Davis Deluxe model purchased from Defender, I was close to purchasing the Tri Lens but the cost combined with its weight swayed my decision to go with the Davis. Originally I wanted the Plastimo until I read the article/test linked above.

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CaptKermie—

The mobri type radar reflectors are pretty useless. The Echomaster Deluxe is really the best value for a radar reflector.

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