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1. MCMURDO smartfind g8 ais epirb • $875 • mc mur­

Now avail­able for the U.S. mar­ket, the Smartfind G8 AIS EPIRB is the first of its kind to in­clude the AIS fre­quency. When ac­ti­vated, the unit will not only sig­nal the distress to the Cospas-sarsat satel­lite net­works, but also alert all the AIS re­ceivers in the lo­cal area, in­creas­ing the chances of a faster res­cue.

2. FURUNO • fm4800 vhf • $595

The clean, sim­ple look of the FM4800 VHF ra­dio be­lies its im­pres­sive func­tion­al­ity. The ra­dio fea­tures a built-in GPS re­ceiver, so no ex­ter­nal source is nec­es­sary to uti­lize its dig­i­tal se­lec­tive call­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Its in­ter­nal AIS re­ceiver can share data over your boat’s net­work. The ra­dio is wa­ter­proof to IP68 stan­dard and also can be used as a loud hailer, in­ter­com and even a fog horn.

3. GARMIN in­reach mini • $350 • garmin .com

Small but mighty, the in­reach Mini mea­sures just 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide and weighs 3.5 ounces. How­ever, it’s still a full-fledged satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tor of­fer­ing two-way mes­sag­ing and SOS func­tions. The unit can be paired through Blue­tooth with smart­phones and also works with Garmin’s line of smart­watches.

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