Shakespeare Marine showcases award-winning inflatable emergency VHF antenna at Southampton International Boat Show

By | September 11, 2019

World leader in marine antenna design, Shakespeare® Marine, announces it will demonstrate its multi award-winning inflatable emergency VHF antenna at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show, on the RNLI stand: B024 and Aquafax stands: J230 and J283.

The GALAXY-INFL8 is the world’s first inflatable emergency VHF antenna and has taken the industry by storm since its launch at METSTRADE last year, with more than 1,000 orders being shipped around the world. Visitors to the RNLI stand will get a step-by-step guide and hands-on demonstration of how the antenna works, including its impressive inflation and splice connection.

European Sales Manager at Shakespeare® Marine, Dave Manasseh, comments: “We are proud to be able to partner with the RNLI to showcase the GALAXY-INFL8 and give potentially life-saving demonstrations of how the world’s first inflatable emergency VHF antenna works. The GALAXY-INFL8 is the culmination of years of hard work from our engineering and design specialists, and the reception it has had has been overwhelming already.”

The GALAXY-INFL8 can be rapidly deployed via an embedded canister or manual tube and inflates to 1.6 meters (5 feet) to offer a full 3dB functioning unit and a range of up to three times greater than any existing helical emergency antenna. It is also supplied with a unique splice connector, enabling fast and efficient connection to existing radio cables, which further improves the radio transmission range – another industry first. Thanks to its inflatable design and manual valve it is reusable, so it can be deflated and stowed away safely until it is needed.

Shakespeare Marine will also be exhibiting the GALAXY-INFL8 with its trusted distributor, Aquafax, on stand J230 and J283.

The GALAXY-INFL8 has already been crowned winner of the lifesaving and safety equipment category in the highly acclaimed DAME Awards at METSTRADE 2018, the Product of the Year at the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2019 and the Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, amongst others. It has also been shortlisted in the Innovation category of this year’s Maritime UK Awards, announced on 19 September 2019.

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