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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Line size for hoisting octahedral type radar reflectors

    Having had to deploy my octahedral in a foggy Islay this week, I was considering upgrading the burgee halyard to something more substantial - but then, I'm pretty sure mine is string I had left over from some blinds! I spent a while carefully masking all the outer edges of the reflector with duck tape to reduce the chafe, but I'll upgrade the halyard and have a look at running the return line through the centre too - thanks for the idea!

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Line size for hoisting octahedral type radar reflectors

    I used 3mm braided burgee halyard for mine.
    I can confirm that it hurt when it landed on my head at 4am off Ijmuiden!

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Line size for hoisting octahedral type radar reflectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Stemar View Post
    The trick for octahedrals is to run the line coming back down from the block through the middle of the reflector and keep the line taut.
    My solution was a bungee cord from the reflector to the shroud.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Line size for hoisting octahedral type radar reflectors

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    My solution was a bungee cord from the reflector to the shroud.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Line size for hoisting octahedral type radar reflectors

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    My solution was a bungee cord from the reflector to the shroud.
    Oh, I've had a whole series of various cat's cradles of cord (bungee and otherwise) between the reflector, shrouds, and goodness knows where else! I've probably had, at times, more lines trying to tame the reflector than holding up the mast, without ever reaching a fully satisfactory arrangement.

    I eventually gave up, and fitted an Echomax on the front of the mast, but having now changed my boat for one without that, I'm back to square one.

    And I can confirm Dan Tribe's earlier assessment of the results of using one's body to rapidly decelerate an octahedral reflector in motion applies even if not off Ijmuiden!

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