This radar reflector issue has been on my mind as well. Here is what I've been thinking and I'd be very curious what others thought.
The whole concept of hanging a bulky thing in your rig somewhere which doesn't work very well anyway and is going to be hard to find a place to mount it on a small boat and has a significant windage as well as vibration issues and then on top of all that..........only helps avoid a collision if the guy in the other boat happens to see the blip on the radar screen and takes a corrective action........seems like a bad idea.
First of all, I'm uneasy with depending on the other guy to see me and then get out of the way. I'd rathe go with self-reliance if possible.
Here's my idea: Wouldn't it be cool if they made a small, simple little radar detector that used almost no electrical current unless activated and would start some sort of alert tone if it picked up a radar signal. I would think that you could be pretty relaxed with something like that because all of the boats that are big enough to run over our contessas and not even know they did so and therefore would not stop to help are all going to be using radar.
Does anyone know of such a device? If there is one, I haven't found it online yet or in the WM catalog.
I hope I didn't change the topic too much on this post.........I just wanted to throw this out there to see if anyone else was thinking the same thing.