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PostSubject: Mounting a radar reflector   Mounting a radar reflector EmptyTue Jul 29, 2014 12:41 am

Once again, I get to cross two major shipping channels.  I've seen huge freighters doing 17 knots through these channels and they are known for fog.  I decided it was time to become more visible so I bought a used radar reflector.  Now I'm a bit at a loss as to how I should mount it.  Any thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Mounting a radar reflector   Mounting a radar reflector EmptyTue Jul 29, 2014 7:38 pm

It depends on the type. Some mount to a mast, some to a spreader and some to the backstay.

Which type do you have?
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PostSubject: Re: Mounting a radar reflector   Mounting a radar reflector EmptyTue Jul 29, 2014 8:19 pm

No clue.  Looking closely at it, there are no holes for mounting anywhere.  Looks like someone took a couple sheets of heavy Aluminum and tack welded them into a an X.   Nice work...
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PostSubject: Re: Mounting a radar reflector   Mounting a radar reflector EmptyThu Jul 31, 2014 6:45 pm

I am assuming you mean this type, here is a manual for the more common brand:

http://www.davisnet.com/product_documents/marine/manuals/00155-010_IM_00152_153_157.pdf


Here is a video with good tips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFBw7DmJj6o
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PostSubject: Re: Mounting a radar reflector   Mounting a radar reflector EmptyThu Jul 31, 2014 8:49 pm

Nice references.  Yes, it looks like this except a bit heavier construction.  I'm going to see if I can run it along the back stay, maybe 4-5 feet below the top of the mast.   It should be clear of the sail there.

Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Mounting a radar reflector   Mounting a radar reflector EmptySun Aug 10, 2014 12:18 am

Found the reflector after I put up the mast...  Put it as high as I could up the back stay.   Didn't get hit by large container vessels.  No fog to be seen.
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