Category: Safety & SAR

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Electronic visual distress signals: Sirius Signal (Weems & Plath) versus Orion, plus a new option

In 2015 I enjoyed testing, and then enthusing about, the first electronic distress signal that could effectively and legally replace the flares required on most of our boats by the US Coast Guard. Now there’s competition from the pyrotechnic flare company that originally denigrated the electronic “flare” and also an interesting expansion of the USCG standard in the works…

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New USCG compliant high water alarms

Blue Guard Innovations has launched two US Coast Guard compliant solid state alarm systems to detect high water conditions on board and help prevent potentially disastrous flooding. USCG 46 CFR 28.250 & 182.530 require commercial fishing and small passenger vessels to have a high water alarm system in every compartment that has potential to take on water, consisting of a method of detection, audible and visible alarms…

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Weems & Plath Signs Exclusive Manufacturing & Distribution Agreement With Orca Green Marine

Weems & Plath, manufacturer of fine nautical & weather instruments since 1928, today announced it has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with RevesOcean Network, LLC, owner of the Orca Green Marine (OGM) brand of LED Navigation Lights to manufacture and distribute the OGM Series of LED navigation lights…

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Doane safety advice regarding Transderm patches & psychotic breaks

When the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Virgin Islands charged Rick Smith with “seaman’s manslaughter” last fall, it kicked off months of press coverage and online sailor chatter… But I did not feel that I understood the incident — or could glean any particular safety lessons from it — until I read “THE TRAGEDY OF DAVID PONTIOUS: Did a Scopolamine Patch Drive Him to Suicide?” by Charles Doane…

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Testing Blue Guard’s BG-One oil detecting bilge pump switch

In the last six months Blue Guard Innovations’ BG-One Smart Bilge Pump Switch with Oil and Fuel Detector racked up new product awards, winning an IBEX Innovations Award, a Sail magazine Pittman Award, and a DAME design award Special Mention. So it’s great to have one now installed on Have Another Day, and so far I’m liking both its performance and the amount of information it provides.

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VIKING’s remarkable 800+ person LifeCraft system, Torqeedo powered

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has designed an almost frightening number of innovations into its LifeCraft system, so it’s good to see that it apparently tested fine in North Sea waves ranging from 12 to 15 feet with 33-foot peaks. The system may soon make big cruise ships safer, and perhaps some of the technology will work its way down to recreational vessels…

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Shakespeare inflatable emergency VHF antenna, smart design with 3dB

That’s Shakespeare Marine Electronics manager Bill Eastwood hamming it up with their just-announced inflatable VHF antennas at METS last November, and the grin is well deserved as the product had just won the DAME Award for the Safety category. In fact, I was the DAME judge who got to pull the cord to inflate the sample — worked like a charm — and I think we were all impressed with how rigid it became…

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ACR Electronics Launches Next-Gen ResQLink Personal Locator Beacons with Digital Display Option

ACR Electronics is launching its next-generation ResQLink Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) – the latest evolution of the world’s best-selling PLB. Incorporating first-hand feedback from survivors who have activated the beacons in real-life emergencies, the new ResQLink 400 and ResQLink View PLBs introduce user-friendly design innovations and add enhanced functionality to…

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Helm ergonomics, Steve Dashew style

Cochise is certainly eye-catching, and especially so when you realize that you’re looking at the personal cruising “dream machine” of the relentless innovator Steve Dashew. So even though the navigation setup inside that huge combination flying bridge and pilot house was brand new state-of-the-art in 2016, it’s been so radically modified since then that I burst into uncontrollable giggling on first sight…