Originally Posted by CarbonSink62
.....it very well might make the difference between a good story and no more stories at all.
Look up the average response time to a SARSAT ident.
Cold water immersion is a much bigger risk off the coast of Maine.
If you're only trying to send a note to Mom to let her know you are okay, but aren't trying to survive abandoning ship, a $150 SPOT is the way to go.