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jimh posted 09-15-2012 08:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
The topic of the Nautilus Lifeline waterproof marine radio with GPS and distress features has been separated from another discussion to be its own topic, and several comments about it are moved to this thread.
6992WHALER posted 09-12-2012 04:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
[The NAUTILUS Lifeline] has my interest. I need to look more closely at it to see if it can replace a normal handheld VHF radio or is only a distress-use piece of equipment. I think a DSC hand held radio--at least in my boating world--is better than a any other type of personal emergency signaling device.
Chuck Tribolet posted 09-14-2012 02:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I don't own a Nautilus Lifeline but I've read the manual.
It's a decent "VHF EPIRB". It's not a user-friendly handheld.
That's mostly a function of its market is divers who are
going to take it deep, and that impacts the user interface.
I think there's a market for a similar device, that's JIS7
(submersible 3', 30 minutes) or a bit more but has a more
traditional user interface.

There's a good deal of discussion about the Nautilus Lifeline
at http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/nautilus-lifeline/ . NautilusMike is the owner. Nautilus Lifeline is
some undefined support person.

Now, NautilusMike seems to think that it's OK to set your
Nautilus Lifeline to the MMSI of the dive boat. I think
this is a really stupid idea. If you hit the the distress
button, the CG is going to be looking for the dive boat,
not you. I think similar devices are going to become more
popular, and it would be good if BoatUS etc. had a "boat
description" that was "I'm overboard and floating in the
water."

Chuck

jimh posted 09-15-2012 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I visited the website for this product. I found it difficult to get information about the product from the website. I found no product description or specifications. I found a lot of testimonials and narratives, but no product information. What type of electronics, radios, receivers, and so on does the device contain?
Chuck Tribolet posted 09-16-2012 12:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Googling nautilus lifeline manual gives
http://www.nautiluslifeline.com/pdf/NLL_OperationsManual.pdf

which should answer your questions.


Chuck

jimh posted 09-16-2012 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Chuck--Thanks for the link to the operator's manual. I was hoping the manufacturer would have some literature that described his product on his website. I thought the presentation of the product without any technical information was a bit unusual.
jimh posted 09-16-2012 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Chuck (and others)--I browsed the operations manual of the NAUTILUS LIFELINE device, but I did not find any listing of precisely what components are included in the device. There was no listing of the usual specifications as is generally given with any electronic device. I am thus left to conjecture what the device supplies, apparently:

--a GPS receiver of unspecified performance or capabilities

--a VHF Marine Band radio of unspecified performance and capabilities

--some sort of emergency locating device of unspecified performance and capabilities, and

--all of the above able to tolerate immersion to some unspecified depth or pressure without being contaminated by water.

K Albus posted 09-16-2012 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
The Nautilus Lifline website is certainly not the most well-organized website.

Here's a link to the "Extended Technical Specifications": http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20323061/NautilusLifeline/LifelineTechSpecs/ ExtendedTechnicalSpecifications.pdf

As a diver and a boater, I am intrigued by this device. I'd like to see one in person before deciding if I would buy one.

6992WHALER posted 09-16-2012 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for 6992WHALER  Send Email to 6992WHALER     
I am with you Kevin,
I would like to hold one in my hand.

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