When delivering an OSV to Ecuador through the Panama Canal from Amilia Louisiana.
The seas were running about 12 to 14 feet while off the Western point of Cuba. I spotted a Ketch of about 40' sailing north from Panama. Got him on the radio. Surprised that a yacht wanted to talk with a scuffy 180' work boat.
Anyway he wanted to know how his reception on my radar was.
He had a brand new Davis radar reflector. I had to tell him that even though I had him visually, BUT! I never saw him on my radar. I tried adjusting the radar but nada for seeing him on it. Gave him the bad news... He did sound disappointed...
It could have been that he was totally buried in the sea return. And no matter how I adjusted the radar, due to the sea conditions at that time he would never have been seen, but via visual means.
He was a Fiberglass vessel with metal sticks. So basically at that time he was a sleath vessel...sneaking up on the Good old USA. Good thing it was before 9/11/01.
So!! Have you check on your radar visability with other vessels? How was it?
Are your Navigation lights nice and bright??
For at night those lights might be the only way they might see you.....