Join Date: Sep 2003
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EPIRBs are a "modern day" piece of kit and as LauderBoy asked, would you go to sea if the device never existed? Of course you would and we all did for many years. But life rafts on long voyages have been a basic component of sailors for many decades now and a decision to go to sea without a life raft is IMHO, silly.
Unless of course you subscribe to the philosophy that if anything goes terminally wrong you're OK to die as a consequence. But that philosophy should be subscribed to by all persons aboard not just the skipper.
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