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We tested a va­ri­ety of alert and lo­ca­tion de­vices in lo­ca­tions as di­verse as the English Chan­nel, the Faroes and the coast of Nor­way. The use­abil­ity of the kit for ev­ery­day sailors was a key cri­te­ria, so crews were given an in­tro­duc­tion to the equip­ment and a read of the in­struc­tions but not de­tailed train­ing prior to de­ploy­ment. When con­duct­ing some of the over­board tests, a ca­su­alty was taken by RIB up to 300m away from the yacht, which al­lowed us to test ranges, vis­i­bil­ity and per­for­mance. Tests were con­ducted in day­light and at night, although only in rel­a­tively calm con­di­tions. The equip­ment is likely to be used for real in heavy weather, so we ex­pect it to be pretty much fool­proof in be­nign con­di­tions.

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