Emer­gency Po­si­tion In­di­cat­ing Res­cue Bea­con (EPIRB)

Yachting Monthly - - TECHNICAL -

An es­sen­tial item when ocean cruis­ing, a satel­lite bea­con is in­tended for your boat, rather than for per­sonal use. It is usu­ally au­to­mat­i­cally ac­ti­vated on con­tact with wa­ter, when it re­peat­edly trans­mits a dis­tress call on 406MHz to the COSPAS/SARSAT world­wide res­cue au­thor­i­ties.

An EPIRB must be reg­is­tered to a par­tic­u­lar ves­sel and de­tails left on file to as­sist the au­thor­i­ties with the search if ever re­quired. The main ad­van­tage they have over a PLB is that they have larger bat­tery pack so they can trans­mit for longer (min­i­mum 48 hours).

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