McMurdo Smartfind G5 Cat 2 EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) is a must when it comes to safety equipment. This device is registered to your vessel to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The alert is then relayed via an earth station to the nearest Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC). As the satellites are in a polar orbit they offer true global coverage – with an EPIRB you can summon help wherever you are on the planet, no matter how remote.
EPIRBs are supplied as standard with a mounting bracket and must be manually activated, however a SOLAS Auto Float Free Housing is also available which automatically deploys and activates the EPIRB when it is submerged.
An EPIRB forms part of the GMDSS mandated equipment package required by law for all commercial vessels over 300 tons, however many non-mandate vessels and leisure boats choose to carry an EPIRB to improve safety and they have been responsible for saving hundreds of lives since they have been introduced.
The McMurdo SmartFind G5 GPS (Manual Bracket) EPIRB offers all the features of the Smartfind E5 but with the addition of a high performance, multi-channel GPS which brings the location accuracy down to typically less than 62m, greatly increasing your chances of rescue in an emergency situation. The battery offers a minimum 48hr operation and a 6 year battery life. It is supplied with a manual release bracket. The SmartFind G5 GPS EPIRB features a comprehensive diagnostic and self-test facility to keep you up to date on remaining battery usage and EPIRB operation.
- 406/121.5MHz GPS EPIRB
- International approval
- High performance multi-channel GPS – typical accuracy less than +/- 62 m (Plus version)
- High brightness flashing LED light
- Minimum 48hr continuous operation
- 6 year battery storage life
- Comprehensive self test facility with battery use indicator
- Manual release bracket
5 year warranty