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  1. Help buying used 4 stroke

    I'm in the hunt for a second 4 stroke out board for my 5.3m (17.5 foot) sundowner boat. Unfortunately I'm not able to outlay enough $$ for a band newy. I have found a 2004 4 stroke mercury saltwater series, tacho says 149 hrs at a reasonable price. It looks clean, dealer is reputable and I like that it is actually a yammi powerhead (mercy used them on these motors). I'm just a bit concerned that it's 10 yrs old and unsure how well previous owner looked after it. Dealer didn't do the servicing on ...
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  2. 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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  3. 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 ...
  4. 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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  5. Great day ruined by scum

    Well this is a short rant about some low life scum that can't help but thieve. So yesterday I went out for a solo fish for the first time ever in a powered vessel. Still fish-less as far as the eating kind, but none the less great day and totally stoked. I learnt so much more about the bay fishing by myself, then i ever would have worrying about mates/missus snags or tying knots etc. Managed to launch and retrieve the boat by myself and quickly I might add.

    All this sadly came to an ...
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