Join Date: Feb 2010
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OK, I'm going to play devil's advocate here. .......
The debate is always between your personal liberty to take whatever chances you choose and the cost to society for launching a six figure search and rescue. The later is what drives the criticism of improper preparation.
If you are willing and expect to go down without rescue, so be it. However,making a call from a sinking ship without a gps or epirb reference or liferaft is going to cost substantially more than a call from a dry , where time is not as critical and nearby ships may be directed to respond first.
This is why in hindsight, I don't think it was wise to have had mine delivered without these devices.
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