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Re: Do I Need an EPIRB?

Originally Posted by CarbonSink62 View Post

So I guess the question is, "What's the best use of a $700 safety budget for a coastal cruising boat?."

2. Chartplotter and AIS VHF
3. Assortment of jack lines, tethers and good PFDs


Number 3 is the answer, plus the following:

a. Inspect and replace as necessary all hoses below the waterline;
b. Inspect and repair electrical system to avoid accidental fire;
c. Inspect and replace as necessary all running lights;
d. Test and repair as necessary manual and automatic bilge pumps;
e. Buy paper charts for your area and proper navigation/piloting tools - learn how to navigate without electronics;
f. Buy handheld VHF and handheld GPS;
g. Buy storm jib and possibly trisail;
h. Buy and install any materiel to ensure your reefing equipment works properly;
i. Tow inflatable dinghy; and
j. Equip and ready ditch bag.

There, I just saved you thousands of $$$ in unnecessary electronics and toys. AIS, chartplotters and EPIRB are not necessary for coastal cruising on a 25' boat, although, of the three, the EPIRB would be the first I would spend money on.

Last edited by jameswilson29; 11-25-2012 at 10:52 AM.
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