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My EPIRB is from 2002.... ancient... ACR 406 Cat I class II... should I ditch it and replace? What is recommended?

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Re: old EPIRB

Depends on what you will be doing. If just coastal sailing in New England (or anywhere else in the Eastern US), then IMO an EPIRB is not necessary at all, and I would just keep the one you have anyway. If doing any passage making offshore, and you want an EPIRB, then definitely replace it. If you aren't going offshore right away, but will in the future, I would wait until that future time to replace it.

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Re: old EPIRB

Keep that one and buy a new one.

The batteries of the old my still have a few hours left in them.

New ones the price has come down a bit, battery life is better.

If you are coastal cruising you might opt for a PLB the difference being 24 hour battery duration instead of 48 hours.

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Re: old EPIRB

Epirb batteries are typically rated for 10yrs in storage, while the replacement cycle is 5yrs. With a date of 2002, it wouldn't be something I would count on.

Keeping it as a backup is, of course, an option. However, I've found that there is a surprisingly high demand for old Epirbs on eBay. I sold our old Epirb that was 13yrs out of date and didn't even use the 406Mhz system for 2/3 of the price of a new modern one.

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My EPIRB is from 2002.... ancient... ACR 406 Cat I class II... should I ditch it and replace? What is recommended?

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Seems old EPIRBs are barely worth the cost of sending in to update the batteries, vs buying new. It's one of the biggest rip offs in the marine business, btw.

There are some hack vids on YouTube that show you how to replace your own batteries. A little solder is about all it takes. It's the gasket that could be the problem. I would likely still buy new, but that could be a good way of rejuvenating a spare. If your batts are original, I would not count on it at all.


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Thanks... I'll drop the whole thing in the recycle bin and get a new one for my birthday!
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Thanks... I'll drop the whole thing in the recycle bin and get a new one for my birthday!
No, no, no. Put it on eBay. Why throw a hundred dollars in the recycle bin?

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OK thanks...

Now tell me the EPIRB wifey will buy for my Birthday... a gift we hope to not use.
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Just have a think about it going off whilst at the tip or in the bin. We have had news reports of epirbs going off at dumps etc. And emergency services having to work out if it is a real emergency or not.

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Good point about dumps. I doubt the battery is OK since it was a.... a birthday gift in 2002 and I don't think I have renewed the battery. It's 6 years past replace date!

How do you de commission an EPIRB? Isn't it on file with the Coasties?

Can I sell really it on ebay? ACR 406 cat 1 class II - I'll give it a try...

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We're basically sailing coastal for the foreseeable future in southern NE. So as stated above it may be over kill. I have DSC and another birthday alternative is a Vesper AIS B... but wifey will make me pay the cost difference between a new EPIRB and the Vesper Watchmate. hahahahaha


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