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EPIRB- with or without GPS, Manual or automatic release

Looking to purchase one for our upcomming trip. Have done some research on ACR and McMurdo. Seem similar. Leaning to AR with GPS manual, but I want others opinions who have purchased them.

Reliabilty? Self Testability, Warrenty,? etc.

Who has the best deals on them?

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I just picked up the manually deployed ACR GlobalFix Pro. It will not be interfaced with the boat GPS but it does have a built in GPS.

I went manual deployment because of limited space to mount it "outside" where it could release automatically....I'm somewhat of an optimist and feel I will be able to throw it into the raft along with the ditch bag if it comes to that. I mounted it right next to the companionway ladder so it'll be easy to grab on the way up.

I didn't worry about GPS interface since the first fix time is pretty quick without interfacing with the boat GPS.

I'm really hoping it will be a wasted $900!

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Just about exactly the same thought process here as sailak had. I have an ACR Globalfix I bought in 2006. Good test Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. Hmm - time to start thinking about factory service.

I bought mine from life-raft.com which was the least expensive at the time. I haven't kept up with the prices since.

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I'd point out that there is a new service that allows you to check the functioning of your EPIRB... I'd highly recommend going with one with an INTEGRATED GPS, rather than one that sits in a cradle and uses an NMEA connection to get lat/long info.

I'd third the ACR Globalfix series...as I have one that I carry on deliveries and such.

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We also have the ACR GlobalFix in a manual bracket positioned in our emergency stores locker at the foot of the companionway. One thing to consider is adding a second bracket in the cockpit where the device can be mounted if needed in an emergency. By having the bracket, and removing the magnetic lock-out for the transmitter, one can keep the device secure and properly positioned and transmitting in the cockpit or where-ever without having to worry about tying the unit down with the included lanyard and potentially having it go adrift or end up in a less than ideal position for sending a signal. A second bracket is only about $35.00 USD and ACR has instructions on how to remove the transmitter lock-out magnet.

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Gme?

We bought a GME unit made in Australia that had an amazing introductory price (less than $400 last year). Don't know what the prices are like now, but it is another contender. We bought a manual, non-GPS system since we are never going to use it anyway

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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