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Question SPOT vs. ACR PLB

Pros and Cons of each..like the features of SPOT but like ACR's reputation and higher power unit. Thoughts and experiences?

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The SPOT is not a substitute for a GPIRB. We have both. There have been extensive discussions on the matter. Do a searh here on SPOT. See also EPIRB alternative? - Cruisers & Sailing Forums and SSCA Discussion Board • View topic - SPOT Personal Messenger . Other discussions can be found with Google.
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I have an ACR Aqualink and a 406link account.

I tested it recently when I was in Alert Bay. I wanted it for a delivery I am doing in July. (Maui to Vancouver).

The result is here: Recreational User Beacon Testing and Management Web Site

So far so good.

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Jack--

We use our SPOT to send position reports while we travel and provided we reactivate the function every 24 hours it does so faithfully. Note for your trip however, a sizable portion of the trip will be through areas not covered or covered poorly (see http://www.globalcomsatphone.com/images/spot_map.jpg ) so you may want to advise anyone that may be following your trip accordingly to avoid unnecessary alarm such as that the befell the crew of "Flying Pig" (see links in my earlier post).

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I only plan to use the ACR / 406link function about once a week - no schedule. We will also be carrying an EPRIB, SSB and Satphone; and may also have a transponder (The boat will be competing in Vic-Maui).
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Two very different products serving very different purposes in my opinion. I have the PLB asa EPIRB proxy (till I can save up for a good one)...and a spot as a toy to report back sailing positions.

Both have a place I guess...but I would trust my life to the ACR PLB and NOT the Spot.
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