From “Soundings - Trade Only Today” - 5/26/2005
Volvo racers to pack ACR safety gear
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
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.”
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
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
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.