Originally Posted by smurphny
Sounds like there may be a market for dummy EPIRBS. "Sure, see, I'm switching it on." ---or--- If you think crew may not get what "CAPTAIN" means, stash the real one so that only you know where it is.
I think these are both bad ideas. If I'm unconscious and the boat is taking on water, I want my crew to be able to initiate the emergency procedures in my place.
I don't think any plan that involves lying to your crew is a good one, will be effective, or will foster a good relationship between skipper and crew.