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Where to Put Reflective Tape

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Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby Reeling » 13 Jan 2018, 17:56

I bought 1m of reflective tape for added safety and was just wondering whether there would be a preference to whether I stick it on the bow or stern.

I was planning on 0.5m on each side but unsure if there would be a preferred position?
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby spider25160 » 13 Jan 2018, 20:02

I wrapped it around my flag pole which also has a light at the top. The best place to put it is where it is most likely to reflect light.
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby laneends » 13 Jan 2018, 20:06

Paddle blades that gives you something to wave around if you want to get attention. kayak bodies can be very close to water and so not visible from any distance
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby Reeling » 13 Jan 2018, 23:33

spider25160 wrote:I wrapped it around my flag pole which also has a light at the top. The best place to put it is where it is most likely to reflect light.


I already have a light pole with a flag on wit which I carry at all times (whether I use my light or not).

laneends wrote:Paddle blades that gives you something to wave around if you want to get attention. kayak bodies can be very close to water and so not visible from any distance


Interesting to put it on the paddle blades. I would have thought that if/when I paddle, the force would make short work of the adhesive as theblades cut through the water?
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby Tim399 » 14 Jan 2018, 00:22

I put some of the red/silver reflective tape on one of my paddles a couple of years ago, and it’s still going strong.. they are plastic blades
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby laneends » 14 Jan 2018, 09:30

Reeling wrote:
Interesting to put it on the paddle blades. I would have thought that if/when I paddle, the force would make short work of the adhesive as theblades cut through the water?

But you hardly paddle in a revo 13
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby shane » 14 Jan 2018, 14:19

With your setup I'd be putting a ring of reflective tape near the top of each of the rear rocket launchers. You need it up reasonably high where it will reflect the lights of an oncoming boat or spotlight. Don't put it on the front rod holders or it will blind you in a head torch beam.
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby Reeling » 14 Jan 2018, 15:09

Paddle and Launchers it is.

Paddle for getting attention by waving it, launchers (with my flag/lightpole) for general attention :)
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Re: Where to Put Reflective Tape

Postby chrisw » 16 Jan 2018, 00:00

Good idea for the paddle, I have some spare tape so will do the same.
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