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GME EPIRB recall
I am not an expert with marketing statistics but it is something
like, for every hundred people who get annoyed enough to actually
complain only one satisfied person is complimentary. So I must
be one of hundreds of satisfied people who never express their
Some months ago GME had a recall of some of their EPIRBs.
I rang in, but my EPIRB must have been one of the earliest faulty
ones as I had already used up the battery replacement offer and
the second battery was now six months out of date. I was about
to replace the unit when I noticed the recall.
I rang GME hoping to get a free replacement and was told it
was only for “in service” units. GME did take my name and contact
details. Damn, I thought, and ordered a new unit from a retailer
for my upcoming cruise from Brisbane to the Whitsundays.
About three weeks later an email arrived – GME would replace
Unfortunately, I told him, I ’d disabled it and handed it in to
a battery retailer as instructed by AMSA! “That’s a pity,” he said.
I added that I had supported GME and had a number of their
EPIRBs and radios!
A day later my phone rang; he said they appreciated the
support I had shown and would a free new VHF radio be some
It’s good to see an Aussie company sticking by its customers!
(Onboard Clarian a Riviera 36 single cabin flybridge, currently
near Hamilton Island where it’s blowing its beard off!)
Disposal of Expired Flares
I am writing to advise how to dispose of expired hand-held
flares. In recent months Roads and Maritime has received a
number of questions on this topic.
Hand-held flares are used to indicate distress and need
of assistance. They are part of the essential safety equipment
carried on the water; and it is mandatory under the marine
safety (general) regulations that they are carried onboard
vessels in certain circumstances.
Most flares have a use-by-date of three years when they
must be replaced. However, they should also be replaced before
this date if there is any doubt regarding their serviceability.
The correct disposal of expired flares is important. Flares
cannot be disposed along with normal household garbage,
and many local waste centres will not accept them.
Roads and Maritime is regularly updating its website to
advise where mariners can dispose expired hand-held flares,
this information is available on the Roads and Maritime
website at: http://w ww.rms .nsw.gov.au /maritime/safety-rules/
Alternatively, a Roads and Maritime representative will
be able to assist on 13 12 36 and select option 2.
General Manager Boating Operations,
Roads and Maritime.
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