Sailboard radar reflective?

Rasputin22

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We did just that when carbon masts and booms were first coming on the scene. The layday during the Hook-In and Hold On sailboarding regatta in the VI had a speed run competition and one of the pros from Hawaii was obviously faster yet the police style radar gun was not registering his speed. Aluminum foil in the mast solved the radar signature problem.

 

LionessRacing

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We say that, yet when I think back, the only people that ever came close to hitting me were other cruisers who were face-down in their chart plotter. 
Having a Light Grey boat, cruising Penobscott in a "forestay fog", you find that people do interesting things, some will run the narrow passages on an autopilot without a lookout, and others will anchor in the channel.

Not quite as scary as threading Woods Hole in a strong current and fog, but right up there.

 

seaker

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I would recommend a red or orange sail as being more effective.  Lobstermen are not the only boaters you should be concerned with.   And the boaters you should be most concerned with won't have radar.  Just my thought having lived and boated in Maine for the past 50 years. 

 

Blitz

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Seems like a very short term solution. What's the life of foil around saltwater?  

 

Slim

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Wear this 
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