Weather­dock EASYRESCUE-PRO

€ 587 (£425)

Motorboat & Yachting - - Boat Test -

Man­u­fac­tured in Ger­many, the EASYRESCUE, which was one of the first AIS SARTS to be launched in Europe, has been up­dated and is now mainly in­tended for use in a life­jacket. The new-gen­er­a­tion float­ing EASYRESCUE is rather big and pricy com­pared with the oth­ers we tested, but its size re­flects its long bat­tery du­ra­tion (up to 96 hours on AIS only) and it can be or­dered with man­ual or au­to­matic ac­ti­va­tion. The lat­ter has a mag­netic rip-cord switch and/or op­tional water-sens­ing au­to­matic ac­ti­va­tion.

We were sup­plied with the top-ofthe range model, the EASYRESCUEPRO, which not only has au­to­matic ac­ti­va­tion but also of­fers a DSC VHF alert func­tion. This trans­mits a dis­tress alert on VHF Chan­nel 70 if you pre-pro­gramme it with your own ship’s MMSI. For the first five min­utes, the DCS alert goes only to your own ves­sel’s ra­dio. How­ever, if the ac­ti­va­tion isn’t ac­knowl­edged within that time, it then be­comes a reg­u­lar ‘all ships’ AIS MOB DSC alert. The reg­is­tra­tion process in­volves putting it into pro­gram­ming mode and then call­ing the bea­con’s MMSI us­ing DSC on your VHF ra­dio. This ef­fec­tively pairs the two, af­ter which the EASYRESCUEPro sends a con­fir­ma­tion mes­sage to your ra­dio. In test mode, it func­tioned per­fectly.

VER­DICT

The most ex­pen­sive bea­con on test, the EASYRESCUE-PRO has some in­ter­est­ing fea­tures such as fully au­to­matic ac­ti­va­tion and tar­geted DSC alerts, but its size could prove off-putting. It also can’t be turned off if you lose the mag­netic switch!

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Size and price may prove off-putting but good bat­tery life and fea­tures

RAT­ING ★★★★

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