Mc­murdo Smart­fi­fifind S10

£239.95

Motorboat & Yachting - - Boat Test -

A hand­held man­u­ally ac­ti­vated SART that comes with a lan­yard and a belt/arm pouch. Not for au­to­matic ac­ti­va­tion, the S10 is wa­ter­proof to a depth of 60m (for divers) and has a quoted bat­tery du­ra­tion of at least 24 hours once ac­ti­vated and a five-year stor­age life. It has two test pro­ce­dures avail­able, both avail­able by leav­ing the ac­ti­va­tion pin in place. A short bat­tery test can be run by mo­men­tar­ily turn­ing the or­ange ro­tary knob at the bot­tom fully anti-clock­wise. In five sec­onds, the strobe will flash in­di­cat­ing bat­tery con­di­tion. A longer and fuller sys­tem test can be ini­ti­ated by turn­ing the knob anti-clock­wise and hold­ing it there for ten sec­onds. This runs a full GPS test and, if its po­si­tion is lo­cated, sends a one-off test mes­sage via AIS with its unique MMSI. A suc­cess­ful test is in­di­cated by three flash­ing LEDS.

Full dis­tress ac­ti­va­tion is achieved by pulling the arm­ing pin out, pulling down on the or­ange knob and then twist­ing it fully clock­wise. The strobe then flashes con­tin­u­ously in­side the translu­cent cas­ing and the GPS sta­tus is in­di­cated by flash­ing LEDS.

VER­DICT

In many ways, this was the most straight­for­ward AIS SART we tested. Its op­er­at­ing method is log­i­cal and eas­ily un­der­stood from the sym­bols on the de­vice it­self. One down­side might be a slightly re­duced range due to the lack of an un­furl­ing an­tenna, but hav­ing 2W trans­mis­sion power should en­sure it meets its range. How­ever, the lack of an au­to­matic func­tion ren­ders it in­op­er­a­tive if the ca­su­alty is un­con­scious and there is no DSC func­tion.

Con­tact Oro­lia Ltd. Tel: 023 9262 3900. Web: www.mc­mur­dogroup.com

Sim­ple and easy to use but lack of an au­to­matic trig­ger lim­its its ap­peal

RAT­ING ★★★

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