That’s one of the more weird things I’ve heard… radars are specifically 
designed to try to filter out any signals not their own.

Other boats might have something like the CARD system aboard to pick up other 
vessels’ radar: 

But those systems haven’t been available new for a decade.  The other type of 
device that you could have on your vessel to help other radar-equipped vessels 
see you better would be an active radar target augmentation system like the 

Or a Search and Rescue Transponder (SART): 

— Fred

Fred Street -- Minneapolis
S/V Oceanis (1979 C&C Landfall 38) -- on the hard in Bayfield, WI   :^(

> On Feb 2, 2018, at 11:42 AM, Damian Greene via CnC-List 
> <> wrote:
> Here's a question for your collective wisdom: 
> We regularly have fog here in Maine, and my normal practice is to hoist a 
> Davis emergency radar reflector in the shrouds (so I hopefully will not get 
> run over by a lobster boat). So this year I decided to get the yard to mount 
> an EchoMax reflector on the mast, and be better prepared.
> However, reviewing my work-list with the yard maintenance manager yesterday, 
> he asked why I was doing this, as I have radar, and the signal from my radome 
> would light up on other boats' radar better than a reflector.
> That's something I've never heard before, so I told him I would investigate 
> and get back on that. Frankly, this does not make a lot of sense - why would 
> people bother with radar reflectors - but he has more than 20 years' 
> experience with Hinckley and others.
> I'd like a definitive answer (Fred?) to resolve this.
> Thanks,
> Damian Greene
> ex C&C 34 Ghost
> now Sabre 38 Freefall
> Bass Harbor, Maine


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