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Old 27-07-2013, 14:50   #16
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Amazon is showing 17 of them available right now.
I see it going up and down like if they are receiving them as they are selling them. Yesterday it still said a 2-3 week lead time. I'll probably order one now.
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Well, if you go overboard with just the phone, does it still work after immersion? If so, you're right. The thing is that I can't afford the plans or minutes, never call with a satphone otherwise and find the cost for buying one too high...

I find $300 for the InReach SE a better deal than $1,500 for just the extra voice mode of the phone and both are on the same satellite constellation. I will only pay $9.95 a month for the safety plan and will probably not use the 10 included messages each month. That brings me to $120 a year for a satellite safety device with 2-way communications, while the satphone costs so much more that I don't even remember it.
That's fair. I use a satellite phone for my job so the cost is built-in and I can't shake it. Someone else mentioned a PLB AIS; that sounds pretty neat.

It's just hard to imagine wearing something like that 24/7 though underway. On plenty of days I'm in board shorts with a hat on, barefoot, and maybe a pair of sunglasses while hiding under an awning. Having a piece of gear dangling from me just doesn't seem realistic.
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Strap the plb to your belt.


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Old 27-07-2013, 16:27   #20
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I guess with this one ( SafeLink R10 ) I could tuck it into the little compartment on my pfd.
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I guess with this one ( SafeLink R10 ) I could tuck it into the little compartment on my pfd.
That is a relabelled McMurdo SmartFind S20
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That is a relabelled McMurdo SmartFind S20
If they could make an immersion version (auto activated) that would be pretty awesome. The initial EPIRBS looked like five coconuts strapped together and the modern ones are the size of a kid's shoe so I can only imagine what will happen with AIS-MOB beacon stuff.
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Old 27-07-2013, 18:45   #23
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I also carry two PLB's for about the cost of one EPIRB. One is the Mcmurdo Fastfind Max G. This is the only PLB I know of that has the same 48 hour transmit life as an EPIRB. It also has user replaceable battery packs that cost about $150.
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Old 28-07-2013, 21:52   #26
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Amazon is showing 17 of them available right now.
The Inreach SE sell quick but seem to keep coming in with Amazn.com and I just got my order in. Will have it Wednesday
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That [the Safelink R10] is a relabelled McMurdo SmartFind S20
I think that the McMurdo is actually a relabeled Safelink beacon. The Safelink has been available in the USA since early 2012 (I bought these for my 2012 Pac Cup race crew), where McMurdo announced their version in 2013.

OK, I see that both Kannad and McMurdo were acquired by Orolia in 2009, but the brand names are still being used.

Anyway, these beacons work well for local MOB recovery, as long as you have an AIS receiver running with the alarms properly set up. Some AIS systems don't yet recognize these beacons as MOB beacons, but just see them as ships, so you might have to deal with that issue.

These beacons can auto-trigger if they are installed in some inflatable PFDs, but only some PFD models. Otherwise you have to manually trigger them, and this can be a bit of a chore. I had to do a little minor surgery on the plastic trigger assembly before I felt it was easy enough to use in an emergency.

These AIS beacons are only useful for short-range alarm and location. I suspect (but haven't measured) that the working range will be only a few miles, since the beacon antenna is going to be at sea level. A ship with a tall antenna might see it at five miles, but this is just a guess. So, the AIS beacon is not a replacement for a PLB. A combo unit would be great.
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Hi Guys, just a quick note. You can update your AIS receiver/transponder to do SART with This, , and the SART Beacon is Here it can fit inside most inflatable lifejacket covers ..
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Does anyone know of a way to track a PLB without an AIS? With more and more people carrying PLB's it seems crazy that there is no good way of locating crew in the water.
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My EPIRB needs replacing and I am considering buying two PLB instead. (The existing EPIRB will be kept as back up).

For most of my sailing there is just myself and wife on board a PLB attached to each of life jackets seems a much more more sensible system.
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What is the best PLB. It would be great to get a combined 406mhz/GPS/ AIS.
Does anyone have an idea if/when such a unit will be released?
IMHO very sensible plan. It seems to me that the PLB spec is good enough for our needs in almost any situation. Some PLBs exceed the battery life specification and will transmit almost as long as an EPIRB. And the huge advantage of a PLB, as you've figured out, is that you can keep it on your person, so it will serve in case of an MOB situation as well.

I have an ACR ResQLink, which is considerably more compact than others. It easily fits in the pocket of my life jacket. It is attached to the lifejacket with a lanyard. I have the non-floating version for the sake of compactness.

I have not heard of a combined PLB/AIS SART. The device I would really like to have for my life jacket is a very compact (size of my PLB, with telescoping antenna and long-life batteries) VHF radio with DSC.
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