Courtesy of ACR Electronics
Less than 4 inches long, the ACR ResQLink personal locator
beacon costs $325.
EPIRBs or PLBs, but beacons have come way down
in price lately. And since each beacon has a service life
of 10 years, each offshore boater would effectively be
paying just $20 a year for his or her PLB, for an annual
total of $10 million, Garrett says.
“The price point of this stuff is trivial compared to
the cost of offshore recreation,” he says. “Search and
rescue has always been a partnership that depends on
contributions from the person operating offshore as
well as the responder. Let’s all take some responsibility
As if to make Garrett’s point, ACR Electronics
recently unveiled ResQLink, the smallest 406MHz PLB
yet. Less than 4 inches long and weighing 4. 6 ounces,
it is nonetheless able, at the push of a button, to guide
rescuers to within 100 meters of a person bobbing in
the waves. ResQLink retails for $325. That’s smaller and
cheaper than the ACR beacon that lead to the rescue of
Bruce Mandigo last May in Bahamian waters. You can’t
help but contrast Mandigo’s experience with that of our
hapless football players.