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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

Roger that!
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

Rats! Just as I was starting to snoop around for just that... I wonder what shipping would cost?
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Sometimes things are just too good to be true, such as this,, it is disappointing. Darn!
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

Do you think that a Rescue Coordination Centre would ignore an EPIRB because it did not have FCC approval?
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

No, they wouldn't ignore it but the local support and distribution is my main issue. Lump this in with the FCC issue, nah, not worth it.
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

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I'm not sure I'd rely on an EPIRB not FCC approved with no US support.
All things considered, the last thing I'd be concerned about with respect to Australian or New Zealand built and approved equipment is some arbitrary US certification. What, do you think that when an Aussie or NZ yacht crosses the 12 mile limit from the US, their Oz/Nz electronics suddenly stop functioning? Or that the visitors should "up-grade" to US gear?

The more salient issues are, firstly, the fact that the Sail World article did not make it clear that the equipment was not yet being made available in the US; and, secondly, that given the foregoing, between shipping costs and import duties, the price of the gear will likely be pushed up to that of competing US products (which are, incidentally, reportedly built in Singapore). Given that, we can just as easily buy a 3rd ACR GPIRB as a ditch-bag back up but at a sacrifice of some savings.

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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

I tend to agree. We have ACR dealers and refurbishers all around here.. For me, that peace of mind is worth the extra cost, even for shorter battery life.
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

The battery change would be a big issue I suppose.

I was thinking that a comparison might be to Spinlock vests. Lots of racers / sailors wear by them but they are not approved in either the US or Canada.
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

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...I was thinking that a comparison might be to Spinlock vests. Lots of racers / sailors wear by them but they are not approved in either the US or Canada.
Use those and go over the side in US or Canadian waters and you're certain to go right to the bottom, Non?

Actually, what I liked about the Aussie gear was, aside from what appeared to be a very affordable initial price, even more so the 10 year battery life span. I've now had to replace batteries on our ACR GPIRB and PLB's twice since we bought them in 2002 and that's not an inexpensive proposition tho' certainly necessary.
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Re: Affordable GPS-EPIRB w/10 Year Battery Life

"What, do you think that when an Aussie or NZ yacht crosses the 12 mile limit from the US, their Oz/Nz electronics suddenly stop functioning?"
Actually, it stops functioning at the 200-mile "Economic Interest Zone".

I'd be curious to know exactly which battery chemistry is giving twice the shelf life, or if that's just a battery which is larger so there's still more life left in it.

My Crewfit PFD wasn't USCG certified but then again, none of the inflateables were when I bought it. Understanding certificates is all well and good, but I figured that if the Secret Service could but an inflateable on the POTUS on Marine One...it probably worked well enough for me, too.
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