Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea
The stupid thing about EPIRBs is they can't be tested except for once.
The test uses so much battery that it reduces its life. Every other bit fo safety kit you can test every trip (except flares)
The other problem is they are so expensive that the rip-off companies who make them are feathering their nests while we suffer.
They should eb $100 each and then we could have lots.
Finally, they are a waste of time being stuffed below attached to some wall or in the Nav station. They should be attached to each and every sailor.
I dont rely on one of anything.... except my EPIRB.
It's like so many things that stifle safety in favor of corporate profit. These companies think since we sail, we must have deep pockets. Not only should they be more affordable, they should be rechargeable or have simple battery replacement capability. Liferafts are the same story. I almost gagged when I got a quote on updating my raft cert. Safety comes second when these companies choose to rip off consumers. Capitalism at its best.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.