Weather­dock easy­one

€ 251 (£182)

Motorboat & Yachting - - Boat Test -

This is a float­ing hand­held AIS SART that is pri­mar­ily in­tended for full au­to­matic ac­ti­va­tion when in­stalled in a life­jacket, but can still be used man­u­ally if nec­es­sary. It has a sim­i­lar stick de­sign to Mc­murdo’s S10, ex­cept that the easy­one has a water-trig­gered au­toac­ti­va­tion mech­a­nism that uses small dis­solv­ing pel­lets sim­i­lar to those found in au­to­matic life­jack­et­trig­ger­ing mech­a­nisms to re­lease the an­tenna, and two water-sens­ing ter­mi­nals to ac­ti­vate the AIS trans­mit­ter. The de­vice has a long yel­low line at­tached with two plas­tic seals. To re­veal the ‘on’ but­ton for man­ual ac­ti­va­tion, you pull off the trans­par­ent cover us­ing just the top part of the line, which has a small loop in it. We mis­tak­enly thought you just pulled the long line, which broke the line and clip af­ter much heav­ing! Af­ter more thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we dis­cov­ered the small panel ac­tu­ally pulls off quite eas­ily, but it’s not that ob­vi­ous how it works – which we feel any emer­gency de­vice should be. Sep­a­rat­ing the flap line and lan­yard would re­move any am­bi­gu­ity, but as the man­u­fac­turer says, it’s re­ally for use in a life­jacket, where this wouldn’t be a prob­lem.

Pulling the cover off re­leases the an­tenna (dis­card­ing the water-sol­u­ble pel­let in the process) and re­veals the ‘on’ but­ton, which has to be pressed to ac­ti­vate it in man­ual mode.

VER­DICT

We like the light­ness and sim­plic­ity, its abil­ity to trans­mit for at least 36 hours and its seven-year bat­tery shelf life. We also like the fact that it floats and can be ac­ti­vated au­to­mat­i­cally with­out re­ly­ing on the in­flat­ing blad­der of a life­jacket to trig­ger it. It’s also the least ex­pen­sive of our test group.

Con­tact Pin­point elec­tron­ics. Tel: 01392 823843. Web: www.pin­point­elec­tron­ics.com

Man­ual ac­ti­va­tion could be clearer but auto trig­ger, low price and light weight make it our pick

RAT­ING ★★★★★

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