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Old 01-16-2014, 09:48 AM   #41
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It is black. It's constructed of 2, interlocking pieces of hard plastic so it stores flat.
Thanks. I should have asked you where you got it.

My boat came with a radar reflector that apparently works something like that. I've never used it though.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:20 AM   #42
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Here it is, a 12" (30 cm) version like in the photos, smaller than regulations 60 cm but sufficient for a 10 m boat ... I guess ...

Link: Plastimo Anchoring Ball
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:23 PM   #43
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After seeing how FG boats show up on radar if I was going to be anchoring near a channel I would buy one & use it. I anchor off channel behind islands where the tows don't come close.
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If I were to make a guess, I would say that 98% of boaters in the USA do not display an anchor ball when anchored in the daytime and 99% of boaters have no idea what an anchor ball is or means....

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Doesn't matter! An attorney will look at the regs and find the part that says we need to display an "anchor ball" when anchored during daylight hours....no different than a shark smelling blood in the water Sorry, David, but I've had my fill of geologist jokes during my life!!!
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Thanks to all for the education. Now I'll have to devise a way to appropriately display said day shape on my boat. Those of us whom are mast challenged need creative options.
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Thanks to all for the education. Now I'll have to devise a way to appropriately display said day shape on my boat. Those of us whom are mast challenged need creative options.
What about a mast mounted forward?
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The dragging anchor symbol?
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:34 PM   #48
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The dragging anchor symbol?
This man really has seen me at anchor before
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:51 PM   #49
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I was just using the pic because there's a good example of a forward mast, that would look like it would work for his boat.
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I'm torn between hoisting the anchor ball from my mast's spreader or attached to the forward pulpit's flag pole. Spreader-hoist would give 360-degree visibility while the pulpit would be forward with about 330-degree visibility.

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Too many choices ... you are lucky Mark.

How about this ... the boat is 29', the ball simulation is 12" ... would this work?
I could make/adapt something that would slide on the VHF antenna while on anchor.

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Showing these balls are just not an issue here down under. Why does the US have to make everything sooo hard..?
When I first saw the thread heading, I thought it was going to be all about having a ball at anchor…you know…like rafted up partying or something similar.
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Who here displays an anchor ball as required and who doesn't and why?

We do 100% of the time when anchored as designated anchorages are far and few between.

In the NE many designated anchorages are mostly mooring fields , claimed to be OWNED by local towns , which will ticket any one that anchors there.

It would be too costly to educate the locals , so nonsense like SAG HARBOR LI having ownership to the designated anchorage across from the town , 1/4 mile wide and 1 1/2 miles long . with 4 boats at mooring continues.

AHH for the good old days before the USCG gave up and became the Federal Marine Police.
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Too many choices ... you are lucky Mark.

How about this ... the boat is 29', the ball simulation is 12" ... would this work?
I could make/adapt something that would slide on the VHF antenna while on anchor.

Your antenna is not designed to be used as a mount. I would look for another solution.
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Showing these balls are just not an issue here down under. Why does the US have to make everything sooo hard..?
When I first saw the thread heading, I thought it was going to be all about having a ball at anchor…you know…like rafted up partying or something similar.
If you read the entire thread, you would know that very few boaters in the USA show anchor balls either. Personally, I can't recall ever seeing one on a recreational boat, but the requirement is in the regulations.
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Showing these balls are just not an issue here down under. Why does the US have to make everything sooo hard..?
Isn't this an Intrnational rule, Rule 30?
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Your antenna is not designed to be used as a mount. I would look for another solution.
Yeah, looks flimsy and iffy when the winds pick up.
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Thanks to all for the education. Now I'll have to devise a way to appropriately display said day shape on my boat. Those of us whom are mast challenged need creative options.
I'm very interested to hear what people without masts come up with. My express cruiser has neither mast nor radar arch. I do have a bimini, but its not always deployed.
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a fish rod holder, temp or permanent, and a boathook or pole....... somewhere's near the bow, preferably 360 degree view but if not from dead astern, I wouldn't be all that concerned if you can't get it high enough
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