The forgotten point is the obligation to others. If you are more than 6 miles or so from another yacht in distress then you will not hear a call even assuming your vhf was switched on. Quid pro quo and all that. One can be staunch and self-sufficient - so leave out the epirb. It doesn't matter if a satellite picks it up, and you are out of helicopter range but there is another boat in the vicinity without a radio.
It seems to me that the attitude is while other people may be concerned about me I am alright jack.