Safe Boating Guide The 2014 Canadian Safe Boating Guide is published by Transport Canada as a resource to make sure that you know the regulations that apply to boating and that you learn more about safe and responsible boating practices.

Fuel Spill PreventionThe Overfill Alert System from Herrington Marine Technologies integrates with existing fuel tank sending units to alert the user when to halt the flow of fuel. An indicator light and audible buzzer activate when the fuel level reaches 95% capacity, allowing for 5% expansion within the tank itself. Once activated, the system automatically resets within 10 seconds.

Binocular Float StrapOh Buoy, Bino Overboard! With boating season in high gear across the nation, it is important to remember to have life preservers aboard for your loved ones as well as your beloved optics. The Vero Vellini Marine Binocular Float Strap is a flotation device for protecting your binocular, waterproof camera, GPS, radio or other expensive handheld-device, should it accidentally go overboard. Don’t give up your gear to Davy Jones.

Magnalight High Power LEDLarson Electronics added the LEDL-160W LED boat light to its Magnalight.com website.  This LED boat light combines 20,500 lumens and advanced optics to project more light than a 1000 watt Halogen, while drawing 85% less amps on a low voltage circuit. With the addition of the new LEDL-160W LED boat light, Larson Electronics’ Magnalight signaled the end of the 1000 watt halogen light common on larger vessels.  Drawing only 14 amps instead of 84 amps on a 12 volt circuit, the LEDL-160W LED

The McMurdo Fast Find 220 is a powerful distress beacon providing a direct method of alerting search and rescue authorities where no other forms of communication are available, using the 406 MHz search and rescue satellite communication system, COSPAS SARSAT. Also transmits a 121.5MHz homing signal.

Safelink R10The SafeLink R10, Overall Winner of the 2012 Pittman Innovation Awards and winner of a 2012 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award, is worn on a lifejacket and activated by sliding off the safety tab and lifting an arming cap to deploy the antenna.
The compact, lightweight unit sends alert messages, GPS position and a special identity code directly to AIS receivers within approximately a four mile radius. A flashing LED light aids location at night.

Safelink EPIRBThe Kannad Marine SafeLink 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) has integral GPS for highly accurate position information. It works on the global COSPAS SARSAT search and rescue satellite system, which is supported by international government search and rescue authorities around the world, so a call for help will be acted upon and fast.

The ultra compact and stylish 406 MHz SafeLink represents the next generation in EPIRB technology. It is the first EPIRB to have an integrated antenna, enabling the compact size -and a user-replaceable battery, making future battery changes easier and more economical for the owner (for non legislated applications only). Waterproof and floats upright, allowing it to be tethered to a life raft and left to transmit.

Kannad of Britain has launched a personal safety device that triggers an AIS signal instead of a typical distress call on the 406 MHz band. The Safe-Link R-10 is a very compact device that is designed to be mounted on the manual inflator hose of a collar-style PFD. Once armed at the start of a watch or a cruise, it will be triggered by a quick downward pull of the attached lanyard. It will then transmit its AIS signal with updated GPS coordinates over a range of up to four miles, and will operate for up to 24 hours.

Mustang’s newest inflatable, the MIT 100, shows the continued product improvement that we have come to expect from Mustang. The fabric is lighter and has some stretch content that makes the PFD 20 percent lighter and more comfortable to wear. The fold-up design is better with only one Velcro closing flap on each side that is easily opened for pre-use inspection. The arming mechanism and the auto-inflate are instantly visible and the wearer can ensure its safe operation quickly.

Kannad MarineThe Canadian Yachting Feb 2013 (page 56) issue included a review of Kannad Marine’s personal safety device, the Safe-Link R-10.  Canadian Yachting would like to correct a misspelling of the company’s name in this article as well as the correct version of their website URL:  www.kannadmarine.com

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