The Exposure OLAS Float-On is nominated for the British Yachting Awards Equipment Innovation of the Year, in recognition of its multiple purpose use as high-powered, lightweight, personal, rechargeable LED torch and MOB safety aid.
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OLAS Float On is a pocket-sized floating torch which, when immersed in water, will automatically set off its MOB strobe as well as trigger the OLAS App alarm on an on-board mobile device.
As a personal torch, the OLAS Float-On is a very effective, bright 120 lumen, pocket-sized, work light suitable for all on board jobs, and can also be attached to a lifejacket or lifebuoy. When tethered to the OLAS App it becomes an even more significant safety aid.
Within eight seconds of OLAS Float-On being immersed, either from a person going overboard or the torch being thrown in the water, the OLAS App sounds a piercing alarm via the mobile device. Its screens switch from standard navigation data to giving clearly readable, visual directions back to the point of the incident. Importantly it uses large, easily readable arrows and numbers, so you don’t need to find your glasses in a hurry.
Simultaneously, the torch will have switched itself on, using water to connect its terminals, where it will float and strobe once every two seconds for up to 20 hours and is visible from over three nautical miles away.
Exposure’s research has shown that there are many sailors who have a deep-seated fear that should the more experienced sailor onboard go over the side, they need to feel more confident about what to do next. Even the most experienced sailor can ‘go blank’ in an emergency.
The OLAS Float-On is designed to help guide you through such a stressful situation. The app screens continue to aid the remaining crew on board to steer back to the exact position the incident occurred, with additional, clear, visual indication when within 20 meters of the spot. The screens walk the crew through the MOB emergency process and provide the MOB position and boat data the coastguard needs when you call them. The fast flashing strobe on the OLAS Float-On illuminates the person in the water, helping to show their position, should they have drifted with either wind or current.
Exposure Lights product manager, Tom Harrop, explains: “We are thrilled to be nominated for this Award. The Exposure OLAS Float-On uses a combination of Exposure’s MOB technology and our OLAS mobile technology to create this ‘smart torch’. It’s suitable for all sailors and powerboaters. With many people owning a mobile device, it is a very affordable safety assistance device. In particular for boaters who previously may not have invested in anything other than a life jacket and throw line.”
OLAS Float-On is housed in a buoyant, watertight plastic casing that also ensures maximum Bluetooth connectivity and stability around the boat. Precision water displacement calculations enable the torch to always float beam upwards. The external gold-plated terminals are separated and sunken to ensure the strobe only activates if submerged for longer than six seconds. This prevents accidental triggering from spray, and also enable fast charging via a ‘snap-on’ USB charger.
GBP £99.00 inc VAT
Euro €98.29 ex VAT
US$110.79 ex VAT
To find out more visit www.exposurelights.com.