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post #31 of Old 02-07-2008
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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.
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