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McMurdo SmartFind

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Similar to ACR’s ResQFix PLB, McMurdo has introduced a GEPIRB (GPS-equipped Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) that's smaller yet supposedly performs better. The $849, 1.5-pound SmartFind Plus accomplishes this largely by using LEDs for its strobe, which along with automatic seawater activation, built-in flotation, and longer transmission life are what distinguish EPIRBs from PLBs (plus the fact that some models come with an automatic float-free mount). Note that Simrad has also introduced a compact GEPIRB in the same price range and that both companies also offer GPS-less models, but those will typically take longer to deliver less-accurate position information to the SAR authorities.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.