Man overboard safety options expand

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

3 Responses

  1. Ian R says:

    “The ultimate best case for safety would be a combination AIS MOB Beacon, 406mhz PLB, and Bluetooth MOB beacon. Currently such a device doesn’t exist but it’s likely safety equipment manufacturers are working on one.”

    AIS makers might also be candidates for bringing such a combination product to market. The perfect development project for an innovator such as Vesper Marine. Throw in DSC as well!

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      I’d love to see Vesper make such a product. My conversations with the PLB manufacturers make me think at least the 406mhz PLB functionality is unlikely from a company like vesper. The level of regulation involved in the development and manufacture of the 406mhz units is intense. Those regulations also serve to stifle a lot of innovation. In order to ensure the core purpose is met a lot of other stuff is explicitly not allowed.

      I’d love to be wrong and only time will tell.
      -Ben S,

  2. Jason says:

    For sailors the NKE autopilot is the only system I know that will turn the boat head to wind when it detects an MOB. Wish B&G would add that to their line up.

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