Raymarine LifeTag MOB System
Unlike some safety gear, you'll never have to worry if LifeTag is going to work when you need it. That's because it's what might be called an "alarm-on-failure" system; the receiver triggers an alarm whenever one of the constantly transmitting pendants goes out of its 30-foot range (overboard!), if it breaks or loses battery power, or when a wearer pushes his or her emergency button. A basic system—two tags, receiver, and a loud buzzer—costs $685, and up to 14 more tags can be added. But LifeTag really shines when hooked via SeaTalk to existing Raymarine gear—then the alarm goes out system-wide, a man-overboard (MOB) waypoint go-to is automatically started on Raymarine plotters, and a second receiver can be rigged as needed on larger boats. Users are already figuring out alternate uses for LifeTag, like waking up the next watch from the helm, or minding a towed tender.
This article originally appeared in the February 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.