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04-23-2010 11:58 AM
Plumbean Does anybody have an Echomaster Deluxe mounted on their backstay? Mine is setup to go up a halyard to a spreader, but I'd rather have it more permanently mounted. The instructions say you can do this, but I can't see how you would assemble it around the backstay without some sort of insert in the middle to prevent it from harming the backstay.
04-22-2010 11:07 PM
mitiempo Here's the exerpt from the Canadian regs on radar reflectors:
04-22-2010 04:16 PM
sailingdog CaptKermie—

The mobri type radar reflectors are pretty useless. The Echomaster Deluxe is really the best value for a radar reflector.
04-22-2010 02:51 PM
T37Chef
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.
04-22-2010 01:38 PM
CaptKermie
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Originally Posted by krozet View Post
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.
04-22-2010 12:10 PM
kwaltersmi 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.
04-22-2010 11:48 AM
QuickMick its the foil covered version
04-22-2010 11:38 AM
krozet I am getting the standard one as a radar reflector is required in Canada.
04-22-2010 11:31 AM
sailingdog crap... I think you're right about that...

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Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
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.
04-22-2010 11:30 AM
kwaltersmi 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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