G4 v3

Why Choose an EPIRB for Boating?

Choose an EPIRB for Boating if:

  • Medical conditions of crew or passengers warrant
  • Operating a vessel with recent substantial repairs
  • Operating in areas inclined to sudden changes in weather
  • Operating in areas that are remote
  • Operating in areas that are unfamiliar
  • Operating in areas with limited cell phone and VHF radio signal contact
  • Operating in unreliable waters
  • Operating an unfamiliar vessel
  • Operating an unseaworthy vessel


When to use a beacon

Most Search-and-Rescue organizations instruct that beacons are satellite signaling devices of last resort, for use when all other means of self-rescue have been exhausted, where the situation is grave with imminent danger and the loss of life, limb, eyesight or valuable property will occur without assistance.


Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon- EPIRB

Sea Tow Foundation uses the ACR Electronics GlobalFIX™ V4 for its beacon rental program. The GlobalFixV4 has an internal 66 channel GPS for faster acquisition from a cold start. A protective keypad cover helps prevent false activation, and a user-replaceable battery pack that has a 10-year replacement interval.

The GlobalFIX™ V4 has two functional self-tests to monitor the beacon’s transmission, power and battery performance and GPS acquisition. Features of GlobalFix v4 include:

  • Highly visible LED strobe
  • Internal 66 channel GPS
  • High efficiency electronics
  • Long lasting 10-year battery life
  • Professional grade design built for years of use in harsh environments
  • Simple manual activation keypad with protective cover to prevent false alarms
  • Size: 8.13 (H) X 4.28” (W) (20.7 X 10.9 cm)
  • Weight: 27 oz (764 g)


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Thank You for Supporting This Program!

Thank you for supporting The Sea Tow Foundation Beacon Rental Program. Our EPIRB and PLB Rental Program was made possible from a generous donation from ACR Electronics. Funds raised by this program are used to grow all Sea Tow Foundation programs including: Beacon Rental Program, Designated Sober Skipper Campaign, and Life Jacket Loaner Program.


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