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Old 11-21-2017, 02:50 AM
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So one of the main reasons for purchasing our boat was for fishing in Bahamian waters. It's been 3 years now I believe and although each year I gain more and more confidence with it I have yet to take the plunge and cross to West End. My father and I disagree a lot as he wants to just jump in and take off yet I get more paranoid and want everything to be perfect with the correct equipment.I feel of I don't start now by next summer I will be in the same predicament.

I understand you cannot put a price on safety but let's face it some of us can't afford $1,000 toys for our boats.

What's a good working reasonably priced EPIRB that would be good for the occasional fisherman?

It's a 25'1" WA with a 225 Optimax. Motor runs great (after figuring out minor oil issue) and strong. Most of our fishing is 20-30 miles off the East coast of Florida but would like to start making Bahama trips starting 2018.

Will begin searching the forums but any links you have to previous threads would help tremendously.

As always thabks for the assistance
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Old 11-21-2017, 03:02 AM
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What's your budget?
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Old 11-21-2017, 04:06 AM
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Can't put a price on safety. Personal locator beacons are in th $200 range and decent EPIRB about $600. I don't leave shore without them. Keep,the PLB in my ditch bag and carry it on friends boats when I go out. An inflatable life vest and PLB. Regardless what happens I should be found.
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Old 11-21-2017, 06:27 AM
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I agree with duke. If you’re really going 20-30 miles offshore, you should at least have a PLB on board in a ditch bag.
Past 15 miles it gets pretty lonely out there and the chances of someone being close by if you get into trouble are slim.
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Old 11-21-2017, 06:53 AM
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The ACR V4 has a 10 year user replacable battery and is under $500. It's a well worth it investment in safety and peace of mind.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:39 AM
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Again I 100% agree safety is priceless. I will spend what I have to but don't want the top of the line $1,000 unit that comes with happy endings. I also don't want the bottom of the barrel unit that will fail.

$500 Is pretty reasonable.

The ACR V4 if I understand correct is manually deployed only correct?

Also since I'm a completely rookie with this stuff for the EPIRB to work it needs to stay with me if I go over board as drifting away would be providing false coordinates. So wouldn't a PLB be a better fit?
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:55 AM
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The ACR V4 CAT-2 will be a manual deployment. The EPIRB will stay with you, so if you and your crew can stay on the boat for the time until help comes then the EPIRB will be on the boat. If you need to leave the boat due to any reasons such as fire then the EPIRB would be with you in the water or hopefully a life raft. Typically the EPIRB is mounted near your helm or kept in a ditch bag located near the helm also. The ditch bag is a great way to keep your safety gear organized and readily available in the event you ever need to use it. Things happen very fast on the water and the ditch bags save a lot of time with holding all your safety gear in one place.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by KGonzalez23 View Post
So one of the main reasons for purchasing our boat was for fishing in Bahamian waters. It's been 3 years now I believe and although each year I gain more and more confidence with it I have yet to take the plunge and cross to West End. My father and I disagree a lot as he wants to just jump in and take off yet I get more paranoid and want everything to be perfect with the correct equipment.I feel of I don't start now by next summer I will be in the same predicament.

I understand you cannot put a price on safety but let's face it some of us can't afford $1,000 toys for our boats.

What's a good working reasonably priced EPIRB that would be good for the occasional fisherman?

It's a 25'1" WA with a 225 Optimax. Motor runs great (after figuring out minor oil issue) and strong. Most of our fishing is 20-30 miles off the East coast of Florida but would like to start making Bahama trips starting 2018.

Will begin searching the forums but any links you have to previous threads would help tremendously.

As always thabks for the assistance


Beside an EPIRB...at minimum a PLB..such as the ACR 2881...very cost effective.




Easy to carry or put in a ditch bag.





ACR ResQLink+ PLB-375 Personal Locator Beacon
The World's Smallest PLB, and it Floats!

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Non-Hazmat Battery
Battery certified for 6 years from date of manufacture, typical 11 year storage life
Manual deployment and activaton
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For an EPIRB:




ACR 2831 V4
Best kept on one boat.


ACR GlobalFix V4 Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
With Built-In GPS and Category II Manual Release

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The GlobalFIX™ V4 is a full-featured EPIRB loaded with high-efficiency electronics for performance you can count on, including an internal 66 channel GPS for faster acquisition from a cold start. A protective keypad cover helps prevent false activation, and the all-new, user-replaceable battery pack has a 10-year replacement interval — reducing the overall ownership cost and making replacement a breeze.

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Internal 66 channel GPS – Faster acquisition from a cold start
High efficiency electronics – Performance you can count on
User replaceable battery – 10 year battery life
Professional grade design - Engineered, tested and built for years of use in harsh environments
Simple manual activation – Keypad with protective cover to prevent false alarms



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Originally Posted by KGonzalez23 View Post
So one of the main reasons for purchasing our boat was for fishing in Bahamian waters. It's been 3 years now I believe and although each year I gain more and more confidence with it I have yet to take the plunge and cross to West End. My father and I disagree a lot as he wants to just jump in and take off yet I get more paranoid and want everything to be perfect with the correct equipment.I feel of I don't start now by next summer I will be in the same predicament.

I understand you cannot put a price on safety but let's face it some of us can't afford $1,000 toys for our boats.

What's a good working reasonably priced EPIRB that would be good for the occasional fisherman?

It's a 25'1" WA with a 225 Optimax. Motor runs great (after figuring out minor oil issue) and strong. Most of our fishing is 20-30 miles off the East coast of Florida but would like to start making Bahama trips starting 2018.

Will begin searching the forums but any links you have to previous threads would help tremendously.

As always thabks for the assistance


If you are fishing 30 miles off, you are already closer to West End than the US.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by jeff7y28 View Post
If you are fishing 30 miles off, you are already closer to West End than the US.
And in the Bahamas EEZ. You shouldn’t be fishing there.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Point Consults View Post
And in the Bahamas EEZ. You shouldn’t be fishing there.

I fish out of Ponce.
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Old 11-24-2017, 05:18 PM
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Did you get your epirb? I just ordered one for myself. Acr has some rebates going on right now.
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:22 PM
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Did you get your epirb? I just ordered one for myself. Acr has some rebates going on right now.
No not yet.

Which did you order?

I seen one today a user had posted on a thread and can't find it again. I think it was the V4
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:26 PM
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The ACR V4 is a great unit. 10;year user replacable battery as well!
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by KGonzalez23 View Post
No not yet.

Which did you order?

I seen one today a user had posted on a thread and can't find it again. I think it was the V4


I bought the GlobalFix™ iPRO Category II Manual Release EPIRB. I'll be putting in the rebate for the free resqlink when the epirb arrives.
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If your only real need for the EPIRB is for a one off trip to the Bahamas, then just rent one.

https://www.boatus.org/epirb/about/
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