McMurdo Ltd, a British manufacturer of PLBs, announced that when the crew of the 'Talisker Bounty Boat' sets off on an epic sailing adventure to re-create the 4,000-mile open boat journey of Capt. William Bligh, they will each be carrying a Fast Find 211 Personal Location Beacon (PLB).
Originally, Australian Don McIntyre and his four-man crew planned to take only the equipment that their predecessors carried in 1789. However the Fast Find 211 PLB has become a rare exception to this rule, to ensure that the team take sensible precautions to prepare for a safe trip.
The Talisker Bounty Boat Expedition will re-enact the exact historic journey across the Pacific from Tonga to Timor while raising funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease. The boat is a replica of the 25-foot open Bounty boat and Don and his three-man crew will face the same deprivations as the original Bounty boat crew, with little food, no charts and only the limited navigation implements that were available to Bligh. They will start the adventure April 28, on the same day, at the same time, and in the same place 221 years after the original mutiny on board the HMS Bounty led by Fletcher Christian.
Australian citizen Don is however confident of their preparation. "It is of great value to us to each carry a Fast Find, knowing it's right in our pockets if we get into trouble either as a team or individually".
The Bounty Boat's crew includes Mike Perham, who currently holds the record of being the youngest person (at age 17) to sail non-stop around the world.
For information on the Talisker Bounty Boat Expedition, visit www.taliskerbountyboat.com.