Originally Posted by reiner
Thanks bevcory that was not boring at all. Very interesting in fact. I been told pretty much the same by sailors around here saying assume they don't see you is the only way to go. I think the smart thing to do would be find the best reflector they make today but still assume nobody is going to see you.
While I agree that assuming that one is unseen until proven otherwise is the best operational policy, our experience is that usually ships have seen us somewhere around 8 nm away from them. IF, that is, someone is actually looking for small targets on the display. If one thinks that there is a trained radar op scanning the screen
24/7 on merchant ships... think again! When you call them and ask for a radar-return report, then someone usually will go have a good look, and usually see you, but this is a poor representation of SOPs.
Still, having a good reflector can't hurt one's chances! I have never heard of your model, Reiner. From the name, I suspect that it is a Lunenborg (sp?) lens type, some of which have had good reviews
-- they seem to work better when the boat is heeled than the Davis or Blipper types do.
We'll be headed North soon, and will look you up when we get to Moreton Bay.