SKIPPERSMATE - mates looking after mates

SkippersMate.com.au is a business managed by Peter J Hackett to supply marine and now land based safety equipment designed to protect and identify where you are when you are either boating, sailing, conducting outdoor activities like bushwalking or outback 4x4 travelling.


We started selling the VHF Marine Radio Operators Handbook & 150 Examination questions and answers product, and have since expanded the range based on personal experience and customer demand.


Having a marine rescue background, many of the products have been chosen because of their design & purpose to Save Life, be it on water or land.


With over 30 years of customer sales contact, the one thing that makes CBTC different from many other sellers is that we are “Easy To Deal With”. That’s why we value your Feedback and Product Reviews – We only wish more buyers would provide comments.

  1. Steve Collins had a plan for his retirement, to buy a boat and sail it to New Zealand

    by , 20-12-2014 at 05:01 PM (SKIPPERSMATE - mates looking after mates)
    Spend a few minutes as a Skipper and just think about your crew while watching his story - beacon activated, lifejackets on.

    Steve Collins had a plan for his retirement, to buy a boat and sail it to New Zealand. Not long after setting off things started to go wrong leading to a dramatic rescue off the Australian coast. Steve came to visit the men and women at AMSA who coordinated his rescue and told us his story.

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  2. What happens when your EPIRB or PLB distress beacon is activated? - ask AMSA.

    by , 20-12-2014 at 04:50 PM (SKIPPERSMATE - mates looking after mates)

    Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) are responsible for all maritime search and rescue in Australia.


    How long before a distress signal is received?



    A distress beacon (EPIRB or PLB) with an encoded (GPS) location is usually detected by the RCC and located within minutes. Distress beacons that do not have the capability to provide an encoded position also provide an initial alert to the RCC within minutes, but there will be no associated position. If ...
  3. Can you replace your EPIRB's battery?

    by , 13-11-2014 at 10:04 PM (SKIPPERSMATE - mates looking after mates)

    Barry W asks >

    1. How does one go about replacing the battery if it has been used?
    2. Does it have to go to a service agent or canit be done by oneself.
    3. Also what about price to replace battery.(My old GME epirb could not be fitted with a new battery it had to be exchanged for a refurbished one.


    Response:

    1. You will need to contact the retailer or better still, the actual manufacturer of the unit to find out what their respective process is. Many have authorised
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  4. Check Your EPIRB's Expiry Date and save a few dollars...

    by , 13-10-2014 at 05:58 PM (SKIPPERSMATE - mates looking after mates)
    Recently I was talking to a client who had an old GME M400 and found that his AMSA registration expiry label date was a year ahead of the EPIRB expiry date. How AMSA go that one wrong, he had no idea why that had happened, but for safety sake and operational reliability, he decided it replace it with a KTI Safety Alert EPIRB... why? because it had a battery expiry of October 2025 and he reasoned that by the time replacement was due, it would not be worth mucking around with battery replacement. ...
  5. Is your beacon (EPIRB) registration sticker due to expire?

    by , 25-04-2014 at 05:32 PM (SKIPPERSMATE - mates looking after mates)
    It's coming on to 5+ years since the change over of the old analogue to digital 406MHz EPIRBs were introduced into Australia, so there are two things to keep in mind.

    One, the battery expiry date - is it current and if not dispose the EPIRB at Battery World and get a new one or get the battery replaced.
    Two, check your registration sticker and get the information on AMSA's database updated - it's FREE. Register here

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