Looking at it from a different perspective our 'little boats' are damn hard to spot all to often. Radar
reflectors are bought and installed seemingly for every reason except reflecting radar
waves. Lights are positioned and used for all manner of things 'other' than their stated purpose. It's not uncommon to 'see' a sailboat prior to picking it up on radar. (An octo reflecter such as the inexpensive Davis hung in raincatcher position will do the trick nicely as a suggetion)
For a while, especially on the east coast
of US it was fashionable to run south sailing in packs with strobe lights at the masthead. Not practical just fashionable I guess. They are listed as an emergency
signaling device. Nowadays their use is so common don't even think flashing onewill get you saved, just ignored.
Then their are priories of right of way with sailboats coming in at 8th place. No Virginia sail does NOT always have the right of way, in most nearshore cases does not.
The perspective I'm speaking of is the bridge of a frieghter or tanker ship. And by the way next time you cut in front of our bow remember it takes two or three miles before we can stop ONCE we start to stop. You lose the wind
(we make good wind
deflecto) or your engine
while in front of our bow, you're toast plain and simple.
As for new equipment AIS
is most helpful telling you where we are with more warning than radar detectors or reflectors.
Put that masthead light up as high as you can get it along with radar units and reflectors. Height equals safety
and that 2.5m rule
is a 'minimum.'
I felt much the same until I spent some years working on the big ships. Now my little boat has all the features....properly installed to keep my butt out of trouble. Go back and read Rule
2........it trumps everything...something about prudent seamanship....