EPIRB hire

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 00:44
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Does anyone know where I might be able to hire an EPIRB and whether it is even legal to share EPIRBs or plbs?

I am too tight to fork out nearly $500 for something I am unlikely to use that often (yes 2 kids and a 'trouble and strife' who don't let me get out much).

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Reply By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 06:32

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 06:32
Hi Mutua. Just Google. There are many out there. You could try Parks & Wildlife in your area. See Link below.

www.parks.tas.gov.au › HomeRecreation › Great Walks

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 12:58

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 12:58
EPIRBs are cheaper than you think. My GME MT400 EPIRB costs $299 at Whitworths, and you register it with the Govt site and over the internet, update your location etc. Whitworths link.
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Follow Up By: mutua - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 16:12

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 16:12
Phil G, it sounds like you have done really well as the article in the exploroz link suggests that a decent 406hz EPIRB will set you back somewhere in the region of $600.

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Follow Up By: mutua - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 16:13

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 16:13
Note this is for a GPS enabled EPIRB
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 14:29

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 14:29
Hi mutua

See my post above, and how much money do you put on your loved ones lives.

We will spend thousands on our "toys", yet do not want to spend a few hundred dollars that could save your life.


Please think twice about the safety of yourself and your family.




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Follow Up By: mutua - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 17:34

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 17:34
Well said but one must be careful of not relying too heavily on expensive equipment if we don't get it checked out regularly something, I would hope, a reputable hire company would do for you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 18:59

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 18:59
Hi mutua

As for checking it out, it is as simple as 3 seconds and is recommended before any trip.


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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:05

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:05
Hang on - he is not talking about not taking one - just looking to HIRE one - so Stephen L I agree with your comment overall - but not in this case - he is taking one - just a hired one.

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:06

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:06
If you've ever held a PLB Mutua you'd know it has a self test button & a registration label updated every 2 years so not much to get checked out.
I'd be more worried about people thinking these are a must have item that will always save them when something goes wrong. I see it more as a device that when set off confirms you weren't suitably equipped or prepared for the trip in the 1st place ;-)
The odd thing is I'm the equipment officer for our club who bought a PLB two years ago & despite it being available free to members, it's only been loaned out once. Go figure.
Cheers Craig.............
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Reply By: Geoff in SA - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:01

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:01
Hi Mutua

I have a GME ACCUSAT PLB or epirb
I have as yet not used mine and hope I never have to.

Its like insurance on you Tug and Rig
What does that cost??

I look at mine as the best insurance I am able to buy.
I have 3 people on my emergency list to be contacted if I ever have to set it off.
they will always know where I am and as well the govt web site allows you to ad comments as to where you may be for any period of time.
My next outing is an off shore race from Adelaide to Pt Lincoln.
Even have that comment in there.


For the sake of the 2 billy lids and the trouble and strife I think buying one is a great investment.

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:51

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 19:51
Have you considered hiring a sat phone instead? It may be of better value to you
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Reply By: Pezza QLD - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 22:33

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 22:33
Mutua,

Wherabouts are you and where, when and how long do you need it for ?

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Reply By: Member - David Will (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 06:02

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 06:02
Hi mutua,

Just looked on goggle to hire they range from $5 a day or between $40 - $88 per week, depending where you get them. just goggle epirp hire.

Buy the time you do that you may as well buy one and then you have it all the time.

It is one bit of equipment that you never want to use, but it is nice to have in case!!!

David Will


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