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post #9 of Old 03-13-2013
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

S/V HyLyte has it right. You'll be out of VFH range and you should have a PLB for those on watch and an EPIRB for the vessel. What is your life worth or that of your spouse/GF. I'm former AF Rescue and those with working beacons were found quickly. With no active signal or radio calls to go on we just start a search pattern based on your last know location. At 500' and 3/5 seas a person is very difficult to spot, at 6/10 seas extremly doutful.
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