Category: Safety & SAR

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Using your PLB/EPIRB better & testing ACR’s ResQLink View

In this dangerous world, most types of boating are quite safe activities. But when things do go wrong afloat, getting the needed help can be a lot harder than it is ashore because of poor communications. So I was pleased to learn about an easy way to make the excellent safety communication tools known as PLBs and EPIRBs a little more effective…

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Flir thermal cameras get Raymarine ClearCruise Augmented Reality

Raymarine’s ClearCruise AR (augmented reality) is very cool technology and it’s getting even cooler with support for pan and tilt thermal cameras. Clear Cruise AR overlays information about chart objects, AIS targets, and waypoints over a camera image displayed on Raymarine MFDs. Though the first version — unveiled at IBEX in the fall of 2018 — only supported fixed visible light cameras, I’ve thought its greatest value would come when overlayed on thermal images.

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Important Safety Warning: Possible Fire Risk With Torqeedo Outboard Motor Batteries “Travel” and “Ultralight”

Torqeedo has determined a possible safety risk in connection with the batteries of the outboard motors “Travel” and “Ultralight”: There is a possible leak in the battery housing, therefore it cannot be ruled out that water may penetrate into the battery housing. There is a corresponding risk in particular if a leaky battery becomes completely or partially submerged underwater, so that more water can penetrate into the battery housing…

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Announcing the Simrad RS40-B, The First VHF Radio with AIS Transmit/Receive Capability

Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today the new Simrad RS40-B, the first VHF marine radio with AIS transmit and receive capability. Featuring a sleek design with wireless handset capability, removable fist microphone, Class D DSC functionality, built-in GPS and a Class B AIS Transceiver, the Simrad RS40-B takes VHF marine performance to another level…

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ACR Electronics Expands Man Overboard Technology Product Range with Launch of ACR OLAS Platform

Safety and survival specialist ACR Electronics has launched the ACR OLAS (Overboard Location Alert System) product range to strengthen its position as the world’s leading supplier of innovative and versatile man overboard solutions. The addition of affordable Smart Bluetooth Tag and Float-On MOB systems to ACR portfolio enables users to extend their OLAS functionality with innovative Core Base Station and Kill Switch…

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Electronic visual distress signals: Sirius Signal (Weems & Plath) versus Orion, plus a new option

In 2015 I enjoyed testing, and then enthusing about, the first electronic distress signal that could effectively and legally replace the flares required on most of our boats by the US Coast Guard. Now there’s competition from the pyrotechnic flare company that originally denigrated the electronic “flare” and also an interesting expansion of the USCG standard in the works…

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New USCG compliant high water alarms

Blue Guard Innovations has launched two US Coast Guard compliant solid state alarm systems to detect high water conditions on board and help prevent potentially disastrous flooding. USCG 46 CFR 28.250 & 182.530 require commercial fishing and small passenger vessels to have a high water alarm system in every compartment that has potential to take on water, consisting of a method of detection, audible and visible alarms…

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Mr T goes to sea, hopefully leaving us a safety lesson

I was on Sombrero Beach yesterday when the loggerhead sea turtle known as Mr. T was released into the ocean after several months recuperating from a torn lung. It was easy to presume his joy — he powered flipped the last few feet of beach without hesitation — and the high emotion of the crowd was both undeniable and very special…

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Weems & Plath Signs Exclusive Manufacturing & Distribution Agreement With Orca Green Marine

Weems & Plath, manufacturer of fine nautical & weather instruments since 1928, today announced it has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with RevesOcean Network, LLC, owner of the Orca Green Marine (OGM) brand of LED Navigation Lights to manufacture and distribute the OGM Series of LED navigation lights…