Originally Posted by bene505
I wonder if anyone's done a look at aluminum
versus carbon fiber spars. Or are sailboats hard enough to see on radar
Its not radar I'd be worried about. Nice white sails
can be seen a long way off, and far out of radar range.
But when a boat drops its sails
(or furls them) the boat 'disappears'.
Sail at night, motor
during the day.
But theres a problem with that. The Gulf of Aden Pirate Alley is basically only 200 nms long. Thats fine to motor
flat out with a few extra gerries.
But the East coast
out 300 to 1,000 nms, down past Seychelles
, is far to far to use the engine
. You'd have to use the sails daytime.
You don't even want the Navy
to spot you. Can you imagine how helpful to the pirates a circling plane calling you on the VHF
The trip through must
be a complete surprise.