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Old 05-11-2018, 06:14 AM
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How do you decide if you need a cat. I or cat. II EPIRB ??? Manul or auto?
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:36 AM
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I think ACR's web site explains the differences..
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:53 AM
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I think ACR's web site explains the differences..
Yes, I know what the difference between the 2, I'm just asking what the benefit would be for the type boating/fishing we do. Is the auto more for the guys that sleep offshore on their boat? Is the manual more for keeping in a ditch bag? I guess i didn't ask the question according to answers I seek. My bad.

As for me, I don't sleep on the boat, I don't go 60 miles offshore, it's just a 24' center console with a single 225hp.
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How do you decide if you need a cat. I or cat. II EPIRB ??? Manul or auto?

Manual for me. I will not trust an auto release on my boat. I want the unit with me and not HOPE it releases and somehow stays near me. How are you going to guarantee that an auto release doesn't get hung up in the boat somewhere and go down with the boat? Hydrostatic release will not happen until the boat is aprox 12' deep. Too much to trust, not for me.
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Manual for me. I will not trust an auto release on my boat. I want the unit with me and not HOPE it releases and somehow stays near me. How are you going to guarantee that an auto release doesn't get hung up in the boat somewhere and go down with the boat? Hydrostatic release will not happen until the boat is aprox 12' deep. Too much to trust, not for me.
Agreed. Manual for me. I seriously considered the auto release, but then took a look at where I would mount it. I could see it getting hung up on my hard top, so went for a manual release and mounted it where it is easily accessible.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:12 AM
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Same as others for me. Wanted to be able to get my hands on it and operate it myself so it is near me at all times. Sounds like you may benefit from a PLB a bit better?
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I went the PLB route - its strapped to my manual inflate offshore life vest with my ditch bag and raft.
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:38 AM
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I went the PLB route - its strapped to my manual inflate offshore life vest with my ditch bag and raft.
I usually carry an EPIRB and PLB when going off-shore. PLB limited in terms of power and time to lock. If you are bobbing in the water EPIRB has better chance and quicker.
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Manual for me, mounted in pilot house.
Not sure who needs the auto release units, perhaps the round-world-solo sailors who are sleeping underway making way.
(Not respect for those guys, no Lookout, could miss my emergency signals and run into my disabled boat, screw ‘em)
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Yep, knew you guys would have the answer, manual it is.
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Manual for me.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:24 PM
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Manual here too. I mounted mine on the underside of my hard top.
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Originally Posted by nibble View Post
Yes, I know what the difference between the 2, I'm just asking what the benefit would be for the type boating/fishing we do. Is the auto more for the guys that sleep offshore on their boat? Is the manual more for keeping in a ditch bag? I guess i didn't ask the question according to answers I seek. My bad.

As for me, I don't sleep on the boat, I don't go 60 miles offshore, it's just a 24' center console with a single 225hp.
Under those conditions I would have a PLB clipped to my life vest.
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look at the acr V4..2831...long life battery that is user replaceable.
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look at the acr V4..2831...long life battery that is user replaceable.
Yep. Just replaced my McMurdo with the ACR V4. McMurdo was past the 5 year point, so needed a new battery. Getting the battery replaced was looking to be north of $300. For just a bit more than that, I picked up the V4 with a 10 year user replaceable battery. Seemed like a no-brainer to me.
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:46 PM
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Manual only and it stays near the captain's seat at all times in the overhead glove compartment.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:28 AM
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Just for the record you can manually deploy an auto release EPIRB. I am sure there are many circumstances that a boat goes down fast or capsized that one will not be able to get to your EPIRB. All commercial boat are required to carry auto release EPIRB. Having an EPIRB is much better then not carrying one hope you never have to use it.
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Manual for me too. Mine is a Type II registered with the USCG with my emergency contacts.

It's right on the side of my console, just below my throttles out of the way.

Tortugas and Bahamas trips made me decide to go the Type II.
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Originally Posted by captkid12 View Post
Just for the record you can manually deploy an auto release EPIRB. I am sure there are many circumstances that a boat goes down fast or capsized that one will not be able to get to your EPIRB. All commercial boat are required to carry auto release EPIRB. Having an EPIRB is much better then not carrying one hope you never have to use it.
This is what I was thinking too, how fast a boat can go down. A cargo ship lost dozens ( I forget exact #, but I think nearly 100 ) cargo containers this past fall or winter offshore of North Carolina and as we all know, they can float a foot or 2 under the surface. Hitting 1 of them at any kind of speed can not only destroy the hull but can also eject people on board, including the captain. Think I just talked myself into an auto class II.

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Old 05-13-2018, 11:47 AM
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PLB in ditch bag for me.

Also coast guard strobe lights with Velcro straps and coast guard handheld light that flashes SOS.

Had a friend that would have been saved by any of these but drowned at night 15 miles offshore in rough conditions with a CG C130 circling overhead looking for them.

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