Radar reflectors should be permanently mounted

In a recent MGN (Marine Guidance Notice) MCA state that:

1. ‘It is strongly recommended that yachtsmen permanently install, not just carry a radar reflector or RTE, that offers the largest Radar Cross Section practicable for their vessel.

2. Small craft owners and operators are strongly recommended to fit the best performing radar reflector possible. It is also essential for skippers to be aware that notwithstanding the type of radar reflector fitted, in certain circumstances their craft may still not be readily visible on ships’ radar. They should navigate with caution.’ A RATS article by Colin Heywood surveying and describing the options available was published in the August 2007 issue of Cruising.

 

from Cruising, Feb, 2008