Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing
From an experienced delivery captain, here is what I have found. While EPIRB etc etc are great, there is another dimension from the coast guard perspective. It changes lat/long (2 dimensions) to 3 dimensions from the verticle smoke in daytime, making it just that much easier to spot you. At night it is the light from flares that pinpoint your position, especially in 20+ foot seas.
For any delivery crew of mine, all crew must wear a strobe in case of accidental overboard at night. One as no idea how valuable it can be at night versus a sound device, which IMHO doesn't do crap at night.
In short, both are needed. Better to be over safe than under safe.
By the way, I am Captain Christine-USCG Master w/STCW and am available for any yacht delivery needs you may have, including assisted deliveries.