Once while out of town, & living on a mooring
, someone paid me the unkindest cut. Yep, slicing off the line holding me to the mooring
. Thankfully my neighbors, knowing I was elsewhere, raised a ruckus with the local authorities. Who went looking for & thankfully, found, my boat... As she was in the process of heading for another country (literally).
I never did get the details of the report as to who found her or how, but I'm fairly certain that it was after dark, & due to the strips of SOLAS tape I'd put in various spots on the mast & hull
, when I was rebuilding her.
Particularly as she pretty much had no radar
signature, given that she had a wooden spar & hull
The tape always made her easy to find when rowing home after dark (no anchor
light, given the mooring field). And below are some of the suggestions which I made in the International Orange? Safety Yellow?
thread, prior to knowing that this thread existed. Mine's post #13 in it, ironically.
It's worth buying
some of the SOLAS grade reflective tape, & putting it in strategic locations.
- Several 350 degree wraps of the mast
, at varying heights.
- Spreader tops - for Helos, & searchlights on Large vessels (to ascertain if their radar
contact is real, or to find you for a rescue).
- Some patches on your main hull
, & on your dinghy
- On your most often used sails
, & also storm sails
- The flag, pole, & horse shoe of you MOB gear
- the Flag being key.
The tape can help others to see you, or You to see "you" if your anchor
decides to misbehave while you're ashore for dinner. Or you forget to leave on an anchor
light/yours burns out.
- Other wise ideas for placement of said tape are welcomed.
PS: **Affix a few small patches of laminated sail cloth to your sail(s), & Glue the tape to that, given that the tape won't say on Dacron or Nylon.**"