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Old 01-27-2009
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Given where you're sailing, you really don't need an EPIRB.

The major differences between an EPIRB and a PLB are:

EPIRB is registered to a specific boat, a PLB to a specific person

EPIRB has a 48 hour run time and a strobe and will float. Some will activate if immersed in water or if removed from their mounting bracket. All PLBs are manually activated, most need to be held above water to function properly, and only a few float. Most have only a 24-hour run time and are not equipped with a strobe.

That said, what you really need is a good VHF with DSC capability connected to a GPS, as Cam said above.
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