Skip to main content

ACR Electronics promotes safety campaign on Wednesday

ACR Electronics and their boating safety partners are encouraging boaters to get social on social media accounts.

ACR Electronics and their boating safety partners are encouraging boaters to get social on social media accounts.

April 6 was named 406 Day by ACR Electronics in 2013. The day was designated as a time to celebrate the thousands of lives saved by using 406 MHz beacons and the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite system.

The day is intended to create online awareness on the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon; such as an EPIRB, PLB or ELT.

What started a few years ago as a photo-share contest on social media has now become increasingly relevant as there are two items of legislation relevant to promoting 406 MHz beacon ownership.

On the national level, a bill was introduced offering an Internal Revenue Service incentive to persons who purchase a beacon.

In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a bill which, on average, will give boaters a 20 percent discount on their boater registration fee annually with proof of NOAA registration.

“406 Day has not only created social media buzz but has also created useful content and has opened meaningful dialogue regarding safety precautions in the boating industry. 406 Day should continue to grow with strategic partners in the multiple facets of the maritime industry, who have made the day what it is today,” ACR media specialist Nichole Kalil said in a statement. “406 Day occurs during spring when most of the nation is gearing up for summer boating, the timing to share boating safety messages is perfect.”



MMTA Sets Date for Conference

The educational Business of Boating Conference will be held in Foxboro, Mass., with in-person and remote attendance options.


AkzoNobel Nominates Board Member

Ben Noteboom is expected to be elected chair to succeed the retiring Nils Andersen.


Neptune Awards Adds Category

“Boat Show Marketing” will recognize promotional efforts for shows, and entries will be accepted until Dec. 18.


Sailing Convention for Women Returns

Postponed during Covid, the event will include on-water training, networking opportunities and workshops.


MBIA Names Board Members

The Michigan Boating Industries Association elected four new directors and named the officers who will serve next year. Also, the 2023 schedule for “Ladies Let’s Go Fishing!” is taking shape.


CL Yachts Expands Dealer Network

The Hong Kong-based builder added retail locations in Australia, Dubai, Singapore and Macau.


Legend Boats Partners With Boat Fix

The Canadian builder will offer the telematics system, which provides tracking, monitoring and 24-7 service, on new models starting next year.


MarineMax Establishes Technology Division

The company’s Boatyard and Boatzon units will operate under the new entity, New Wave Innovations.


Suntex Purchases New Jersey Facility

Green Cove Marina in Brick is the company’s latest acquisition on the Jersey Shore, joining Channel Club Marina and Key Harbor Marina.