SeaAngel SA15 AIS Person Overboard Beacon Compared to The Ocean Signal MOB1

SeaAngel (left) and MOB1 (right) AIS person overboard beacons.

As those of you who have been reading here a while know, Phyllis and I are huge fans of AIS person overboard (POB) beacons, as well as early adopters—we bought two Ocean Signal MOB1 beacons shortly after they were released.

We are such firm believers in this technology that we have completely changed our person overboard recovery (POB) planning based on the assumption that the person in the water will be transmitting an accurate position over AIS, see Further Reading.

So while I was at the boat show in Annapolis last October I searched out Friedrich Trobolowitsch, CEO of the company that makes the SeaAngel AIS POB Beacon, a competitor to the MOB1.

Friedrich not only plied me with delicious Austrian liqueur-filled chocolates, but also kindly undertook to send me one of his beacons free of charge for evaluation.

The full SeaAngel AIS POB beacon kit as received here at AAC Labs, the testing arm of AAC World Headquarters, AKA our cabin on the shore.

Here are my thoughts on the SeaAngel and particularly how it compares to the MOB1.

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John

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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