Electronic Emergency Communications Devices for Boaters

Carrying an electronic emergency communications device on board will aid in your rescue should trouble arise. Here are three types to think about having on your boat.

Electronic Emergency Communications Devices for Boaters

SpotX, ACR and Ocean Signal all make electronic emergency communications devices for boaters. (Courtesy SpotX, ACR, Ocean Signal/)

No one wants to use a satellite distress beacon or other electronic emergency communications device, but prudent seamanship dictates having one or more on board in the event of a worst-case scenario. Here are three types to consider.

Sat Messenger: SpotX with Bluetooth

The Uplink: With a SpotX two-way satellite messenger, a keyboard lets you transmit an international SOS via the GEOS satellite network, along with your position using built-in GPS. Private monitoring bases coordinate a response. You can also send and receive messages with a Bluetooth connection to your cellphone. Operational battery life is 240 hours for this compact device.

The Disconnect: Unlike an EPIRB or PLB, SpotX requires a subscription plan, starting at $11.95 per month.

Price: $249.96 (plus service plan); findmespot.com

EPIRB: ACR GlobalFix V4

The Uplink: This EPIRB has GPS, auto water activation, a 10-year battery, 48-hour broadcast time, self-test functions, LED strobe and upright flotation. It operates on COSPAR-SARSAT and MEOSAR satellite networks for global coverage with no subscription fee. The battery is user-replaceable. ACR’s optional 406Link.com portal sends confirmation test messages via cellphone or email.

The Disconnect: Needs to be registered for effective rescue response. Auto-release bracket is optional.

Price: $469.95; acrartex.com

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PLB: Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB1

The Uplink: At about 2 inches wide by 3 inches tall, you can put this waterproof device in your pocket or clip it to a life jacket or belt. It requires manual activation and operates on the global COSPAR-SARSAT and MEOSAR satellite systems. It includes a GPS, seven-year battery life, 24-hour broadcast time, LED strobe, test function and retractable antenna.

The Disconnect: Needs to be registered. The PLB must be attached to its pouch in order to float.

Price: $299.95, thegpsstore.com

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Sirena 68 to Debut at Cannes

German Frers and Cor D. Rover have designed the Sirena 68, which is scheduled to premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. The post Sirena 68 to Debut at Cannes appeared first on LUXUO.

Sirena 68 to Debut at Cannes
The 68 is the latest Sirena with an exterior by German Frers

Sirena Yachts has revealed its newest model, the Sirena 68, which will make her public debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 7-12) two years after the Turkish builder unveiled its flagship 88 at the show.

The Sirena 68 renews the 88’s design partnership, with Argentine veteran German Frers drawing the exterior and Cor D. Rover handling the interiors. Frers, who has designed all the Sirena models, has created a hull with a large interior and that helps deliver a range of over 1,000nm at 10 knots with twin Volvo Penta engines and consumption at 38 litres per hour.

The flybridge is one of the Sirena 68’s outstanding zones

The expansive flybridge has an open sunbathing area aft, behind an extensive U-shaped galley and bar to starboard. In the middle section is a C-shaped sofa and a dining table to starboard, opposite an L-shaped cabinet. Forward is a twin-seat helm station to starboard beside another C-shaped seating area.

The foredeck offers another large outdoor area, with a sofa and quadruple adjustable sunpads. The aft cockpit is completely sheltered by the flybridge overhang and has a sofa, tables and chairs. The interior’s standard layout incudes an aft galley to port facing a dining area. The large saloon features C-shaped seating to port, aft of the helm station to port and companion seating.

The saloon shown with the light ‘Inspiration’ colour palette

On the lower deck, the full-beam master is midships and features a king-size berth, large hull windows and a full-beam bathroom aft, while the VIP cabin in the bow has an ensuite bathroom to starboard.

Between the two largest cabins is a twin cabin to port, while there are multiple options for the starboard space including a cabin with bunks and a lower lounge. The interior is offered in a variety of colour palettes including Inspiration (light), Serenity (warm) and Elegance (dark).

The master suite shown with the warm ‘Serenity’ decor

Ali Onger, Sirena’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The Sirena 68 brings together all the qualities that experienced cruisers would seek in a new yacht. It’s essentially an upgrade in comfort and confidence in all areas.

“The vibe of the Sirena 68 starts with the details. When each person steps aboard, their eyes come to rest on a facet or a fabric, an accent or an angle, some hint that lets them know they’re welcome in a way that is somehow simultaneously familiar and new.”


Launched in 2019, the 4.3 MY is the first power model in the Bali range of cruising catamarans built by Catana in southwest France. It reflects the growing market for these spacious boats, as company design engineer Yann Chabaud explained.

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