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Why Choose an PLB for Boating or Paddle Sports?

Choose an PLB if:

  • Crew or passengers are on deck or dock at night
  • Crew or passengers can become separated from boat
  • Medical conditions of crew or passengers warrant
  • Operating a vessel alone
  • Operating a vessel with recent substantial repairs
  • Operating a vessel at night
  • 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 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.


Personal Locator Beacon- PLB

Sea Tow Foundation uses the ACR Electronics ResQLink™+ for its beacon rental program. The ResQLink+ is a buoyant, GPS-enabled, designed for anglers, boaters, and paddle sport adventurers. At 5.4 oz and 4.5 inches, the ResQLink+ is small enough to be carried in your pocket, clipped to a backpack or stored inside an inflatable life jacket; and includes a built-in strobe light providing visibility during night rescues. Features include:

  • Buoyant
  • Super Bright LED Strobe
  • Onboard 66-Channel GPS
  • Self-Test and GPS Test Features
  • Typical Performance 30 Hours
  • Non-Hazmat Battery
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Size: 1.6 x 1.9 x 4.5” (4.1 x 4.8 x 11.4 cm)
  • Weight: 5.4 oz (153 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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