Radar Reflector

Radar reflectors mounted aloft from masts or above superstructures can help small craft to become more “visible” on radar.

Vessels such as trailer boats often give very poor echoes on a ship’s radar, especially in rough seas. These can be even poorer from fibreglass and timber vessels.

They are simply a piece of metal arranged to return radio waves and can be purchased from boat chandleries or even home-made.

The Marine and Safety (Motor Boats and Licences) By-Laws 2013  require vessels of all lengths that operate outside sheltered waters to carry a radar reflector. In general terms, sheltered waters extend two nautical miles to seaward of land unless otherwise specified in the Marine and Safety (Limits of Operational Areas of Vessels) By-Laws 2013).