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01-May-2019 14:26 by 6 Comments

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It was certainly cheaper to have a liferaft serviced (64 plus replacements) there, than in the UK or (more recently) Malta. So I sourced 3 lithium cells (RS if I can remember) soldered them together , incloding the dumme and hey presto job done for about 60 . I have a 10 year old epirb so the batteries need replacing - or do they? and I live within spitting distance of the epirb control centre in Falmouth! Selling 'Tarquilla' the catamaran that used to be wintered at Millbrook and people seem to remember her!

EPIRBS have to be registered with your flag authority.Hope that all battery replacement for 406 EPIRBs are about the same price.I know 'cos I've an ACR which needs a new battery after 7 years.Which brings us to the next point - is it more sensible to just replace the whole unit?As it's now out of date again, I've bought a GPS PLB for not much more money than current service cost for the old unit and, as the old one one self-tests OK, will keep it on board until the battery dies in maybe another 5 years.Justifications offered, include the cost of Li-ion batteries made as required in short runs, difficulties in re-waterproofing and that a re-batteried EPIRB has to be warranted as 100%, which can involve replacing PCBs.

I'm waiting until I'm next in France, where statutory requirements for Class A boats has increased the market - meanwhile it was almost the same price to buy a replacement in the USA as a personal import (VAT & duty make it very little cheaper to buy and ship from US). I had the same problem before, again the batteries were in a pack and I could not work out how the voltage was achieved until I took the pack apart and found one was merely a dummy.Wow - Mc Murdo charges 246 for the standard service replacement battery for my GPS EPIRB 406.Seems excessive to me....captive audience comes to mind. Should potential buyers be warned in advance of buying an EPIRB what the ongoing costs will be?Unlike flares (not sure about life rafts:)) servicing the Mc Murdo (also badged Pains Wessex) is easy enough.Sartech supplied me with a battery and gasket 6 years ago and it was maybe 15 mins work, no soldering required as battery has a plug attached. As it's now out of date again, I've bought a GPS PLB for not much more money than current service cost for the old unit and, as the old one one self-tests OK, will keep it on board until the battery dies in maybe another 5 years.I do not have an EPIRB and this is one of the main reasons!

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