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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising
I believe you are misinterpreting the statement is not intended for operation IN water - that is the difference between an EPIRB and a PLB. Although it floats and it is waterproof, you cannot drop it in the water and expect to be saved. You have to wear it, with the antenna above water, just like every other PLB.
If it were designed to be operated IN water it would be an EPIRB. ON the water is different from IN the water.
It is designed for marine or terrestrial use.
As I have said several times on this listserv, I am not so gullible as to pay $100 extra because something has "Marine", "Aqua", or "Yacht" in the name.
The main difference between a PLB (24 hours) and and EPIRB (48 hours) is battery life. Some EPIRBS are manual, they have to be released and triggered.
Auto or Manual EPIRB?
But it is your choice.
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