Hmm, interesting thread for sure.
I have never owned an EPIRB before and have not paid too much attention to the battery prices and such.
All that changed yesterday when a friend donated an ACR RapidFix 406, or Model 2777.
The thing self-tests fine, but the sticker said the batteries expired 2006.
Hmm, run it for a few years and hope the margin is so great it will work as long as the self test uh, tests.?
Or bite the expensive bullet and shell out big bucks for battery replacement at an "approved" overhaul
Found one place on e-bay (!) that does it for $295.00.
My neigborhood dealer wants $325.00 plus tax, = $345.00 bucaroes..
No thanks, did a 180 and walked out of there.
Found another guy for 295.00 and with cash in hand, no sales tax are needed. Down $50.00 from the high bidder, but still expensive.
When this unit is aging out in about 5 to 6 years I will look for the new generation with easy to replace batteries.
Did not quite have the balls to fiddle with the thing myself and replace the batteries with some made-in-China cells found on the internet
, then bolt it back together using the old o-rings and seals
(Yes, it probably could have worked, as this is not brain surgery, but if the thing had not worked offshore
as we stepped up to the dink, with the boat sinking behind us on a dark and stormy night, I might as well have used the scuba
knife to perform Hara-Kiri as my wife would have killed my
arse dead anyway for trying to save $50.00 per year on lifesaving gear
So, long story short, it will be done tomorrow, then will install it with a GPS
feed....Question: How many external sources can ya run 0183 GPS
info to from a GPS?
(Already have my Garmin
75 hooked up to the Navtex and the DSC VHF
...Can it take one more such as the EPIRB...?)
Have another fixed mount GPS hooed up the secondary DSC
and Auto pilot, so uh I am too wired..One of these GPS machines have to feed a third source, my newly aqquired RapidFix 406...