Life Raft Store carries a full line of EPIRBS by ACR. From the small GlobalFix V4 to the full-featured GlobalFix PRO. EPIRBS have been known to save lives and work the same as the Smaller PLB's with the only difference of Auto Activation versus Manual Activation.
Each EPIRB is GPS enabled to ensure accurate location reporting to First Responders in case of activation. Whether your Sailing in a Full-Size Yacht or a rowboat, the ACR EPIRB will save your life in the event of an accident or mishap. For the cost of peace of mind, nothing does a better job of letting the rescue services know you're in trouble. Satelite Phones need to have coverage, Cell phones can run out of range, or be offline due to bad weather, but an EPIRB signals your distress call to the NOAA satellites in orbit and reports your unique serial number to the NOAA agency who in turn report the signal to the local responder in the signal's local area.
ACR EPIRBs are usually mounted on naval boats and are registered to the specific boat by the national search and rescue agency. This registration allows quicker confirmation of the false alarm and aims to include vital information of scheduled travel in emergencies. ACR EPIRBs can also be controlled automatically after an accident by placing them on a mounting bracket that activates the device after it has been submerged, allowing the water touch systems to trigger the alert.
ACR EPIRB Brackets
An EPIRB comes either a Category 1 bracket (automatically deployment) or a Category 2 bracket (manual deployment only). EPIRBs in a Category 2 bracket need to be manually deployed and activated. They can be mounted above or below deck, in a location that is protected from outside influences (i.e. green water, traffic impacts, cabin doors, etc). Some prefer to keep their beacon in a Ditchbag without the bracket which is an option if the bag is going to be in a dry spot on the boat:
Category 1 Brackets automatically deploy ACR EPIRBs if the vessel sinks
Category 2 Brackets must be manually deployed from the bracket in an emergency
Category1 Brackets contain a Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) which needs to be replaced every 2 years
Both category type brackets have a built-in deactivation water sensor to prevent false alarms should the beacon get wet while in its bracket
Both brackets allow for manual activation of beacon while in bracket as long as the beacon antenna is positioned to the sky
Category 1 Brackets provide protection for the EPIRB from UV exposure
When the ACR EPIRB comes into contact with water and activates the units water switch, it can be triggered either manually or automatically. Manual control brackets will protect the water sensors, stopping them from compromising the EPIRB if, for instance, a wave crashes over the boat. Auto float-free deploys for the ACR EPIRB when it is immersed in the water at depths below 7-13 ft. The EPIRB may also be withdrawn from the auto lock to be manually disabled by pressing the power button. moving the manual bracket, and dropping it in water.
EPIRB Batteries will last a full 24 hrs and can be stored for up to five years between batteries. Be safe, carry an ACR EPIRB with you. It may save your life or the life of someone like your family.