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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

 

Hello Boaters, 

It is Fall and for many of us we really appreciate the off-season boating. This season typically means that boaters encounter fewer boats and that the water and weather is subject to frequent changing conditions. Kirk Scarborough of the Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds boaters, “don’t be a boating casualty on the water. Follow these simple rules to have a safe and enjoyable day.” 

  • Check the weather before heading out on the water
  • Monitor the weather continuously with a Marine Radio
  • It is recommended that every one wear an approved PFD, but at a minimum, PFD’s should be readily available.
  • Know about the boat you are on; especially true for those renting or borrowing a boat.
  • More than one person (the skipper) should know the location of all Safety Gear, including the VHF Radio.
  • Do not rely on cell phones as a primary means of communication. Contacting someone on a cell phone precludes aid from a local Good Samaritan.
  • The best way to get help is through a Marine Radio.
  • File a Float Plan with someone who knows where you are going and when you are expected to return. USCG Auxiliary Float Plan in a printable PDF form that you can save to your computer.
  • Receive a free Vessel Safety Check from the USCG Auxiliary.
  • Take a safe boating class in the state you are in.

Marine Communication - VHF & SSB Radios & Satellite Phones

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America’s Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

Go2marine carries GME EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) and PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons), which are designed to transmit an internationally recognized digital 406 MHZ distress signalwhen activated. They are designed to communicate to rescue services such as the Coast Guard, when nothing else will work. Rescue Beacons have a self sufficient power source that is able to function in the most rugged conditions for a minumum of 48 hours (Epirb) or 24 hours (PLB). Uniquely, EPIRBs and PLBs may be used anywhere on earth, but, they are typically designated in their use in certain environments.

The functional differences between each of the the rescue beacons, EPIRB and PLB:

  • EPIRBs tend to be larger (due to larger battery) and are used in the marine environment only. They come with a leash to tie them to a raft of vessel. They are waterproof and float. EPIRBs are typically assigned to a vessel.
  • PLBs are smaller, used on land (or water), battery life is not as long as an EPIRB. GME PLBs are waterproof and float. PLBs are intended for personal use, away from normal emergency services.

Additionally, all GME EPIRBs or PLBs  are offered in versions that come with or without GPS to augment the satellite fix. The addition of GPS to any of these emergency beacons will increase location accuracy while reducing wait time for rescue.

GME AccuSat EPIRBs

AccuSat is made in 4 variations of a well designed EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons). All EPIRBS include a self testing facility allows the beacons functionality to be tested without fear of accidentally transmitting a distress signal. Additionally, the test actually measures the transmitters power output, not just the battery condition. The AccuSat Class 2 EPIRB is available in two deployment styles; manual release or automatic hydrostatic release.  

AccuSat 406 EPIRB, Class 2, Non-Hazmat Battery, MT-430xx

AccuSat 406 EPIRB, Class 2, Non-Hazmat Battery, MT-430xx

All GME EPIRBs have the following features:

  • Completely waterproof.
  • Fitted with long life batteries capable of retaining up to 90% of their original Amp Hour capacity after 10 years.
  • Safety seal which serves to indicate that the beacon has never been turned on and the batteries have not been used.
  • Extended GME warranty, 6 years on the battery and unit.
  • GME Electrophone has full service and maintenance facilities to maintain your beacon and provide recertification where required.

GME AccuSat 406 PLBs

The MT410 GME AccuSat PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is the smallest & lightest PLB rescue beacon currently made. Additionally, the MT410 offers the industries longest warranties; a 7 year battery replacement life and a 7 year operational warranty. Design features such as a ‘Non Hazmat’ battery pack for simple and cost effective transportation as well as a high intensity flashing LED all contribute to this quality safety equipment.

AccuSat 406 Personal Locator Beacon, W/ or W/O GPS, Non-Hazmat Battery, MT-410x

AccuSat 406 Personal Locator Beacon, W/ or W/O GPS, Non-Hazmat Battery, MT-410x

All GME PLBs have the following features

  • Digital 406 MHz, 5 Watt transmission plus 121.5 MHz homing signal
  • COSPAS-SARSAT worldwide operation
  • High visibility flashing light Retention strap and fully buoyant design
  • Complete with protective carry pouch

GME has been designing and manufacturing rescue beacons for over 30 years in Australia for boaters, bush walkers, 4 x 4 enthusiasts and aviators should they ever require emergency assistance.

ALL GME rescue beacon EPIRBs and PLBs can be user tested once a year without impacting battery life.