OK, I'm going to play devil's advocate here. Another poster referred to Tim & Pauline Carr. I cite the Eric and Susan Hiscock, widely acknowledged as the first of the modern cruising sailors. They didn't even want to carry a VHF for fear they might be tempted to use it in a bind and thus inconvenience or endanger others. There is WAY too much reliance on modern technology among underprepared sailors who figure if something goes wrong they can just push a button... If the engine quits - fix it or sail. If the sails or rig are damaged, fix them or jury rig. Lose the rudder - steer with the sails or improvise. Taking on water - find the leak and plug it. If all else fails - pray and prepare to meet your Maker. If you are not willing to do all of the above, you shouldn't be out in the open ocean. Take some responsibility for your actions.