Re: Do I Need an EPIRB?
Lots of good discussion here. I tend to be a technology Luddite and an adherent of the KISS principle. I sail coastal waters, normally within VHF range of a CG radio station or at least fishing vessels. No EPIRB. I have a DSC VHF and a hand held in my ditch bag. No AIS but I have radar. No liferaft, but I tow my Avon dingy or keep it on the foredeck, inflated. I feel that I have an adequate Emergency Response plan.
I imagine that when I get around to making long distance ocean passages in this boat, I will invest in an EPIRB and a liferaft. For now, there are more worthwhile ways to spend the boat budget (like new standing rigging and sails).