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Re: PLB vs EPIRB what and why?

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In my mind a PLB is fine for coastal and near-coastal sailing.

A PLB battery is good for about 24 hours, an EPRB is good for 48. There are other differences, but the PLB should be fine,.

I use one for near-coastal (100 miles offshore from Vancouver Island) and I teach on different boats.

Offshore its an EPIRB.
Interesting stuff..

Over here, if you're likely to be more than 2 miles offshore you MUST carry a registered EPIRB on board - preferably GPS equipped. PLBs are fine for individuals to wear on them in case they get separated from the yacht (ie. washed overboard), but they don't replace an EPIRB - which is designed to float with the antenna clear of the water for more reliable detection.

Perhaps it gets a little rougher over here..

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Re: PLB vs EPIRB what and why?

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Re: PLB vs EPIRB what and why?

I like the PLB for when I'm singlehanding. It stays in my pocket, in case I fall overboard.

If you always have someone with you, wouldn't an EPIRB make more sense, on the basis that there'll always be someone aboard to set it off, or the boat is sinking, in which case it'll set itself off automatically?

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Re: PLB vs EPIRB what and why?

Like I said, Iím a fair seas and fair weather guy. An EPRIB just seems like overkill for the coastal and line of sight cruising (even with all my electronics) we do as long as I go with a good PLB 406 that floats. The only argument I can see for an EPRIB is my infrequent night sailing when even small emergencies become catastrophic, a freakish boat failure such as explosion or hitting unseen debris and rare weather and sea changes. Itís rare that I would have no cell reception and even more rare that I would be out of VHF range. But the article posts make a good argument.

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Here is an article from Soundings:

PLB vs. EPIRB - which is right for you?

and another from Landfall Navigation:

PLB or EPIRB?


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