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by Castaway
Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:23 am
Forum: Manuals and Documentation
Topic: Radar Reflector Test Reports
Replies: 25
Views: 17113

Re: Radar Reflector Test Reports

Michel, I take your point, but I do have wrap-around sails, and the Sea-Me sits at the masthead, weighs less than half a kilo, and has an effective cross sectional area an order of magnitude above the minimum recommended. The power drain is so low that I keep it on all the time when at sea. Installa...
by Castaway
Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: Manuals and Documentation
Topic: Radar Reflector Test Reports
Replies: 25
Views: 17113

Re: Radar Reflector Test Reports

George, Exciting times in Norway! The Norwegian policy in inshore waters is for all commercial vessels to have precedence over pleasure boats, apparently regardless of the IRPCS. Possession of Class B AIS would just be proof that it was your fault they ran you down! I think the Sea-Me is being devel...
by Castaway
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Manuals and Documentation
Topic: Radar Reflector Test Reports
Replies: 25
Views: 17113

Re: Radar Reflector Test Reports

We have a Sea Me radar target enhancer, mounted at the top of the mizzen mast. It's light, small, and shows up well on other people's radar. Tests suggest it works well when heeled, too. I have crossed the North Sea to Norway with it on several occasions and never noticed a period of more than a min...
by Castaway
Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:02 am
Forum: Rigging and Sails
Topic: Removing stainless bolts from vang/mast plate. advice, pleas
Replies: 14
Views: 11142

Re: Removing stainless bolts from vang/mast plate. advice, pleas

There is a Loctite product available in Europe called "Schnell-Röstler", catalogue nr 39160, also numbered 8040 on the can, which is said to freeze metal to -43º C. It is also a penetrating oil. Perhaps alternate use of this and some locally applied heat might loosen up the broken screws enough to r...
by Castaway
Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:31 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Headliner Material & Adhesive
Replies: 28
Views: 25440

Re: Headliner Material & Adhesive

refit2.jpg We recently replaced most of the lining of Castaway, using hand spread solvent based contact adhesive on hard surfaces, and a spray can version of the same product on foam backed vinyl. We considered the risk associated with the VOC's and after checking the data sheets, decided that usin...