Aug 8, 2019

EPIRBAn Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). With an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, subscription free, no matter how remote!

The McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is the world’s first EPIRBs to include 406MHz, 121.5MHz, AIS and GNSS (better known as GPS) to accelerate search and rescue. The unique power of these new award winning beacons is in the flexibility and additional tracking capabilities long demanded by maritime customers. This will further reduce rescue times by combining the global location power of 406MHz with the localized rescue capacities of AIS, first introduced to the world in McMurdo’s AIS MOB range.

This EPIRB is now available in Canada through one of our valued suppliers on the CPS-ECP website.

It has the following features for the Boater:

• Optimized for the new MEOSAR system
• Operates on the 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz frequencies
• It has both GPS, GLONASS and Galileo receivers built-in
• Has a built-in AIS transceiver
• 360 degree strobe
• 10 year battery life
• Includes safety bracket
• Manual/Auto Release options
• Meets commercial specifications

Understanding the MEOSAR Ecosystem
MEOSAR Improvements: Better Accuracy, Timeliness and Reliability

In the next few years Cospas Sarsat will be rolling out a new search and rescue infrastructure known as MEOSAR. When fully deployed the aim is: Determine beacon location within 5km, 95% of the time, within 10 minutes.

• 72 MEOSAR satellites positioned at Medium Earth Orbit altitude
• Near instantaneous beacon signal detection using bent pipe technology — average 46 minutes faster compared to LEOSAR
• Reduced response times with multiple signal bursts to improve speed and accuracy of location calculation
• Close to 100% reliability due to multiple antenna systems and MEOLUT networking
• When fully operational next generation beacons will also have a return link signal through Galileo satellites
• Acknowledge signal receipt
• Control beacon — remotely activate, turn off or confirm false alarm
• Lives are already being saving with the early operational MEOSAR through faster alerts and greater accuracy, for example in Australia where McMurdo has just finished MEOSAR ground infrastructure installation. 

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Tight FitA new shrink-wrap promises more environmentally conscious

In Nov 2019, I was fortunate enough to attend the Boating Ontario conference in Niagara Falls ON. This conference is geared to members and suppliers of the marine industry particularly marina operations. One of the suppliers was Layfield Geosynthetics, offering a new shrink-wrap film called ‘Bioflex MarineShrink’. The Layfield rep that I spoke with described the new product as a more environmentally conscious option (more on what this means, below).

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Beneteau Flyer 32By Andy Adams

Summer sun boat! The handsome new Beneteau Flyer 32 is all about entertaining and the bow area is one of the main attractions. It's a wide shape forward with a huge anchor locker and opening centre section in the railing that invites you to beach the boat and go swimming. The bow is really one giant sun bed area with armrests that fold down and head rests too, for fall-asleep comfort. 



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Dufour 460By Katherine Stone

When one does an October yacht review on the Great Lakes you can never be sure of what kind of weather you will get…. and did we ever luck out! A beautiful sunny day with a high of 31 degrees and a perfect 8-10 knot breeze with light chop made for a champagne sailing day. Lucky for me we were at Swans Yacht Sales located in the Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario, trying out the Dufour 460 Grand Large, a flag ship for the midrange Dufour boats. With an overall length of 46’5” and a hull length of 44 ‘, this boat is majestic, not only in size, but also in elegance with timeless and contemporary style. 

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Moorings In BrazilWith an increasing amount of interest in South America as a charter destination, The Moorings has responded with a new base in Paraty, Brazil. Surrounded by towering jungles plummeting into the waters of Baia Carioca, this charter cruising region features bays peppered with islands and world-famous beaches.

Centrally located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Paraty (pronounced “Para-chee”) holds the key to many natural wonders you can only discover by boat.

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