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The ACRs come highly rated, and I have an ACR EPIRB for the boat. The major differences between a PLB and an EPIRB are that the PLB is registered to a person, while the EPIRB is registered to a specific vessel/boat. Also, the battery broadcast time on an EPIRB is a minimum of 48 hours, and on the PLBs it is a minimum of 24 hours. One last difference is that EPIRBs have a built in strobe, which PLBs generally do not. IIRC, the PLBs also broadcast on 121.5 mHz for the SAR locator function, like the larger EPIRBs do...but not 100% sure on that. Get one with an integrated GPS if you can... cuts the rescue time down dramatically.
Finally, when mounting the PLB on your harness, make sure it is out of the water... they don't work very well if they're in the water, as the water tends to block the signal output.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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