Safety equipment inspections
Having a bunch of safety equipment on board is great but only if the stuff works when you need it to. I wrote about testing our Mustang hydrostatic inflatable life vests to make sure that they are without leaks. We are actually overdue to complete that process again. Just yesterday, during a bout of construction-inspired cleaning, I decided to test our EPIRB. I knew the battery was in date because we had it professionally replaced when we purchased it. Like the life vests though, it still should be tested on a regular basis. I am happy to report that all appeared well – the device made the required beeps and flashes.
Do you have an EPIRB on board? Do you know when the battery expires? When was the last time you tested it?