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Re: Should i use a radar reflector
I've got an 80's era Fruno aboard. I am learning to use it by using it in the day time with good visibility. The canal to my dock is more than a mile long. One day I was watching the radar, looking up to see what the radar was showing me and I noticed one particularly bright target. Turned out to be the one sailboat with a cheap type reflector, the other boats around it were not particularly noticeable.
New radar maybe, and probably are, capable of discerning the target better, as Main's posting clearly shows, but what percentage of boats out there have got the latest and greatest?
A nav class I was in made the point that the best radar reflector aboard a boat from the factory is the engine in the bilge, mostly shielded by the water.