Low-Cost Boating Safety Equipment Since 1997

Your crew relies on you to have the essential safety equipment when you go boating – and that takes a reliable partner. At the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water we have the largest inventory of rental emergency beacons in the country. We proudly offer emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) for the boat and personal locator beacons (PLBs) for the crew. Place your order online or by phone and we will get the equipment to you when you need it.

Reliable equipment. Shipped directly to you. No hassle peace of mind so you can have a great trip.

Ordering Information

  • Equipment is shipped to you with complimentary return postage. Please note that you will have to sign for the package when it arrives**.
  • Call between noon & 5pm EST M-F 1-888-66-EPIRB (37472)
  • Order online 24/7. Our new online ordering system now available!
  • PLBs - Limited supply, first come, first served.

**FedEx will not leave the package without a signature. If you are not available to sign for the package on the first delivery attempt, they will retry for the next 2 business days. If you will not be available, you can make arrangements with FedEx to pick up the package by calling 1-800-GoFedEx (1-800-463-3339). It is your responsibility to make arrangements with FedEx to receive the package. Rental charges will not be refunded if you fail to make these arrangements.



6/11/2014 - When Rig Comes Crashing Down, BoatUS Rental EPIRB Calls For Help
7/8/2010 - Rented at Last Minute, Emergency Beacon From BoatU.S. Foundation Saves 3 Lives Off CA Coast
7/8/2010 - Coast Guard Rescue Video, SV Catalyst


A gpirb locator beacon inside a yellow protective Pellican case


A small handheld locator beacon.


McMurdo Cat II 406 MHz GPS-Enabled EPIRB (aka GPIRB)

An activated EPIRB broadcasts a repeating SOS signal with integrated GPS location from virtually any point on earth. The signal is received by COSPAS/SARSAT satellites which identifies the beacon's position within a few hundred yards in mere minutes. Search and rescue personnel contact BoatUS for critical renter information and the send out appropriate rescue equipment. EPIRBs are suitable for all boats making trips where traditional communications are spotty. An activated EPIRB is effective for 48 hours of continuous operation once activated. An EPIRB may be activated manually or can activate when it comes in constant contact with water.

EPIRBs are best used for
  • Any boat going offshore, out of VHF/cell phone range
  • Any boat going where assistance from other recreational boaters is unlikely
  • Any boat that has crew members with known medical conditions
  • Any boat that just had major structural repairs or is not considered seaworthy
  • Delivery captains delivering a vessel that is new to them
  • Vessels voyaging in treacherous waters or areas known for sudden weather
  • Boaters that want the option of activating the unit manually, or having it self-activate
  • Anyone that wants maximum peace of mind for the vessel and crew


ACR ResQLink 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (aka PLB)

In some ways, PLBs are like small EPIRBs. They use the same COSPAS/SARSAT satellites and send an SOS signal with integrated GPS position to summon for help. However, due to their compact size the battery capacity is smaller making it effective for only 24 hours of continuous operation once activated and must be activated manually. PLBs are to be properly secured and/or affixed to the boater (i.e. worn). PLBs make a great addition to a rented EPIRB, providing ultimate peace of mind when it comes to your boat and crew. PLBs are also suitable for small craft like paddle sports and personal watercraft making outback voyages to remote locations or anywhere help is hard to come by.

PLBs are best used for
  • Crew members on a boat that also has an EPIRB aboard
  • Crew members that could become separated from the safety of the boat
  • Crew members that are on extended deck watch or operate at night
  • Boaters that are operating a vessel single handedly (i.e., alone)
  • Small boat adventurers taking a trip to remote locations
  • Users of craft where the unit could become substantially wet
  • Operators of personal watercraft or paddle craft where space is limited
  • Conscious users that need assistance from a search and rescue agency