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From “Soundings - Trade Only Today” - 5/26/2005

Volvo racers to pack ACR safety gear

ACR Electronics Inc. of Fort Lauderdale has been designated official supplier of safety electronics for the Volvo Ocean Race Round the World.

ACR will supply racing teams with EPIRBs, survival craft radar transponders, GMDSS VHF survival radios and other high-tech safety gear. Each boat will be outfitted with a GlobalFix 406 EPIRB and two RapidFix 406 EPIRBs to be secured in its life rafts. A PathFinder 3 SART survival craft transponder and three GMDSS survival radios will complete each team’s allotment of gear.

Race director Andy Hindly said ACR was chosen because the equipment it is providing “will be the most effective in an emergency situation and has the strength to survive the testing conditions of the race.”

The Volvo Ocean Race is the premier global sail race — the successor to the Whitbread Round the World Race. It begins Nov. 5 with an in-port race in Sanxenxo, Galicia. Leg One, the first offshore leg, begins Nov. 12 from Vigo, Galicia.


Damage $1.4M in Florida MarineMax fire

The Florida state fire marshal’s office is investigating a Wednesday morning blaze that destroyed two boats and damaged several others at the MarineMax dealership in Sarasota.

The pre-dawn blaze caused about $1.4 million damage, and destroyed a Sea Ray 420 Sundancer and a Meridian 459 motoryacht. The fire was so hot it melted the fiberglass and scorched several boats nearby, according to fire officials. Firefighters moved other yachts away from the blaze to prevent the fire from spreading.

“It was already engulfed when we got there,” said fire chief Paul Dezzi, in a phone interview this morning. “Our job was to keep it contained.”

Some 36 firefighters, including a unit trained in boat fires, responded to the alarm. The boats were in the water at a dock.

The Sea Ray already had been sold and the Meridian was to have been delivered today, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

The state fire marshal’s office typically is called in to investigate suspicious fires or those of unknown origin, particularly when there is high monetary damage, Dezzi said. He said he expects a report from the state office in about a week.


Des Moines fire blamed on faulty cord

A blaze that destroyed two boats at a marina in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday evening was caused by a malfunctioning electrical cord on one of the boats, according to fire officials.

An extension cord apparently shorted out and started the fire on a small powerboat docked at the Birdland Park Marina, fire officials told the Des Moines Register. Whipped by wind, the fire quickly spread to the dock and a neighboring pontoon boat. Firefighters say their efforts to extinguish the blaze were hampered by lack of water and easy access to the docks.

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