Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
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.