ComMar to represent McMurdo EPIRBs, PLBs and AIS search and rescue products

(FORT MYERS, Fla.) — At the opening of the 2014 National Marine Electronics Association Conference & Expo at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Fla., today, McMurdo announced the appointment of ComMar Sales to represent the company’s range of emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), personal locator beacons (PLBs) and automatic identification system (AIS) MOB devices on the U.S. East Coast.

McMurdo opened its Americas headquarters, U.S. warehouse and distribution center in Beltsville, Md., in September. Local assembly, light manufacturing and repair services will begin at this facility in 2015.

“We’re pleased to announce the addition of one of the most widely respected and experienced marine electronics sales and support organizations to the McMurdo team in the U.S. This is another important step in the process of implementing our comprehensive, coordinated sales and marketing strategy for one of the world’s most important markets for our search and rescue products,” said Randel Maestre, McMurdo vice president of sales for the Americas.

The McMurdo U.S. range includes the following products:

McMurdo EPIRBs

The compact McMurdo Smartfind Plus G5 GPS EPIRB features a high performance, multi-channel GPS which brings the location accuracy down to typically less than 62 meters, greatly increasing the chances of rescue in an emergency situation. The battery offers a minimum of 48 hours of operation and has a six-year life. The G5 GPS EPIRB is supplied with a manual release bracket. A SOLAS approved automatic housing is also available.

McMurdo PLBs

The compact, lightweight McMurdo FAST FIND 220 Personal Locator Beacon is designed to be carried with you wherever you go. Built-in GPS pinpoints your exact location and the battery guarantees a minimum of 24 hours operation. Designed to be carried, the McMurdo FAST FIND MAX G PLB is a powerful personal safety device. Built-in GPS sends your exact location to the rescue services. Offers a minimum of 48 hours continuous operation.

McMurdo AIS search and rescue transponders (SART) or beacons

Smartfind S5 – A compact, lightweight, waterproof (to 10 meters) AIS SART with high-visibility buoyant carry-off bag ideal for use on life rafts or survival crafts.

Smartfind S10 – A personal, waterproof (to 60 meters) AIS man overboard (MOB) device with built-in flashing light and used by individuals or as an additional device to complement a yacht’s on-board flare pack.

Smartfind S20 – A compact AIS MOB device with integrated light perfect for use in a lifejacket.

For more information about McMurdo EPIRBs, PLBs and AIS search and rescue products, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff