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Old 12-16-2014, 05:40 PM   #21
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Time to check my GME EPIRB...
Andy, go to the GME site, it has recall info with serial numbers affected. Seems few knew about the recall, that`s a worry. GME will replace even if the battery is exhausted/past date. Just packed mine to post, they want good packing so they may be reworking recalled units.
We should test the battery monthly, remembering is hard.
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:28 AM   #22
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Hi Aquabelle,I stripped back the hull to the laminate because of excessive antifoul buildup and gelcoat failure.
Theresa was a one owner boat when I bought her last year,the owner was still boating at 94,hope I am at that age.
She has never had the a/f stripped back ,a lot of areas were falling off,some a/f was up to 5mm thick.
When I started scraping back a lot of gelcoat was also coming off so the decision was taken to have the hull blasted to get the rest off.
After the blasting (with crushed beer bottles in a slurry) I still had to sand the entire hull to fair it.
The blue band around the waterline below the boot top is epoxy fairing paste.Just to improve the finish in this area as it is exposed when the boat is in lightship.
Then we applied 5 coats of Interprotect epoxy,then 2 coats of Micron Extra.
Also new anodes,polished and waxed the topsides.
Changed the homeport on the stern from Newport to Hobart.
I'm lucky in that I have a couple of employee's who have never owned a boat and had no idea what to expect.I only feel a little bit guilty.
My Tom Sawyer and the fence moment.
She looks a lot better now.
One more tick on the job list.
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:51 PM   #23
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To round off the GME Epirb recall.
Last Wednesday I posted the recalled Epirb to GME. Yesterday (Sunday), a courier delivered the brand new replacement which has a 10 year battery.
GME has met the golden rule of business. "If you **** up, you fix up".
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I must check mine. I think we bought ours in 2011, and the recall affects those between Jan '05 & Feb '08, but I will print out the recall notice and check the serial number next time I'm down there. Better give it a test while I'm at it. I tend to put testing if off because I'm afraid of setting off a false alarm.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:42 PM   #25
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I must check mine. I think we bought ours in 2011, and the recall affects those between Jan '05 & Feb '08, but I will print out the recall notice and check the serial number next time I'm down there. Better give it a test while I'm at it. I tend to put testing if off because I'm afraid of setting off a false alarm.
For full battery life in a user`s hands they are usually sold when fresh, yours is likely to be ok, but still check the S/Numbers they provide.
I had to read the instructions with the new one. They say only test in the first 5 minutes of the hour, one quick press and if the battery is ok,a quick strobe flash will follow.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:28 AM   #26
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That depends on where you cruise.
If you go off shore then I wouldn't go without an EPIRB with GPS.
If you are sticking to the Harbour / Pittwater then not a real concern just cover the regulations.
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I just tested my GME EPIRB, seems to be working OK(wonder what that helicopter is doing hovering over the boat)

I bought the EPIRB about two years ago(MT 400 s503A) & have no idea if it is GPS activated or not. I thought all modern EPIRBS used GPS for tracking.

Am I missing something? I put a call through to GME , still waiting on a reply.
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You sure you only bought it 2 yrs ago Andy. I have the GME recall notice in my hand now, and EPIRBS affected are listed as MT400, MT401, and MT403 beacons. Serial numbers between 50101000 and 80250722…better check it…I'm checking mine next time I'm down there, which will be wednesday.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:43 AM   #28
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Yep I have dug out the receipt, it's about two years old.

My serial number starts with a 9, so it seems to be a newer unit than those being recalled, I will talk to GME tomorrow to check though.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:22 PM   #29
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The brand new one GME so promptly delivered is an MT600. The GPS version I wanted to pay extra for, is an MT600G. "G" denotes GPS, as well as sending a distress signal the "G" version sends an exact position. The non GPS version sends a more approximate location, rescue services do the final locating, though the box says it emits a "homing" signal for that purpose.
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:50 AM   #30
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Ok, it then appears that I have the basic model.

I wonder how exact the 'approximate' position and the 'homing' signal is.Nice to know when treading water five miles off shore at night. I will ask the folks at GME
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The GPS versions take the "Search" out of "search & rescue". Buy a PLB version with GPS in it and attach to your life jacket. You wont have to tread water for anywhere near as long. You still need the big ugly one for compliance at this point unfortunately.

The other device worth thinking about, which would be really good for offshore sail racers who all too often loose someone over the side, is a personal AIS. With that you can turn around and find folks easily yourself without triggering the helicopter search etc Indeed, anyone who makes offshore passages regularly would find them useful. Have one for each life jacket and insist everyone wears a lifejacket. The inflatable ones are not a hassle to wear.
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Well, I've checked my EPIRB, and it's not one of the recalled numbers, it is a MT406 G - h503E - whatever all that means.
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Old 12-29-2014, 01:14 AM   #33
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Well, I've checked my EPIRB, and it's not one of the recalled numbers, it is a MT406 G - h503E - whatever all that means.
Peter, I think "G" denotes GPS model. Good choice.
I managed to register my new replacement MT600 with AMSA, as you must. If you activate, they know who is in trouble,the boat description, who to contact, etc. You can even upload boat photos.
The AMSA registration site is "klunky"to use, but I`m sure that on activation, an efficient rescue system fires up fast.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:40 AM   #34
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Yes, mine is registered. Expiry battery 2018. It is good to know, if needed, they could find you quick.

Strangely topical actually, as we have just had a chopper clearly searching for something or someone not far from where we are anchored in Cobby passage. It is dark and it had to make multiple passes, and shone lights down at the water once over a specific place. Then it went down so low it looked like it was landing in the water. It will be interesting to see if the news has anything in the morning. There was no traffic about it on VHF.
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I bought the EPIRB about two years ago(MT 400 s503A) & have no idea if it is GPS activated or not. I thought all modern EPIRBS used GPS for tracking...Am I missing something? I put a call through to GME , still waiting on a reply.
Andy, it seems all Epirbs transmit a strong Beacon signal but Peter`s has a built in GPS while ours have a 121.5MHz homing transmitter to assist final location.
My research indicates the "homing" facility will attract racing pigeons in the vicinity. You should proceed as follows:
1. Welcome your pigeon on board. Serve it refreshments, birdseed and water should suffice, to assist it`s onward flight performance.
2. Write a message using waterproof paper and pen and attach it to the bird`s leg.
3. Fit the pigeon with an RMS approved PFD1 bird life jacket and shoo it away, repeating the word "home" in a firm voice.
4. Now make a cup of tea, clean up any mess left by the pigeon, and confidently await rescue.
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Yes, we have a 'homing' facility EPIRB.

A while back we had cause to activate the unit, and as you say along came the pigeon which we welcomed aboard with food and drink.We followed the the instructions attached to Lucy, that's what the children named her, and when fed & watered off she went.

She was about twenty feet from the boat when this Great White broke the surface and took Lucy! All we found were some feathers floating on the surface, the children were very upset.I have written to the company to see if Lucy was covered under the warranty.
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Hi Aquabelle,I stripped back the hull to the laminate because of excessive antifoul buildup and gelcoat failure.
Theresa was a one owner boat when I bought her last year,the owner was still boating at 94,hope I am at that age.

She looks a lot better now.
One more tick on the job list.
I am hauling my CL66 at KKMI next week. I think I already have epoxy on so fingers crossed I can avoid this job! I am pulling the rudders and stablizers though for a repack. That should be a fun job
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