There may come a day when all boats will be required to carry a U.S. Coast Guard-approved emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), much like they are now required to carry flares. The compact size of the rescueME EPIRB1 from Ocean Signal is a major step toward making this requirement feasible.
Thirty percent smaller than competitive EPIRBs, the rescueME measures 7 inches tall by 3.5 inches in diameter and weighs less than 15 ounces, making it the world’s smallest EPIRB. Affordable when compared to other EPIRBs, it’s ideal for boats up to 25 feet in length. A retractable antenna helps keep the size small when it’s not in use. This safety device fits conveniently in a ditch bag or mounts on a standard manual-release bracket. You can activate it manually, but the rescueME automatically activates when immersed in water to send an emergency signal via satellite from virtually anywhere in the world to a rescue- response center. Its 66-channel GPS helps first responders home in on your location. Boasting a 10-year battery life, the rescueME will broadcast at 12 watts for 48 hours when activated. In the meantime, two high-intensity strobes maximize visibility in the dark or fog. The EPIRB1 also carries a five-year warranty. $399.95; thegpsstore.com