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SD and the group...

correction - with the correct PLB and battery (And yes they are "hazardous"), they will go 48 hours and can have the strobe...

One other thing, most epirbs float and auto-activate...the PLBs need to be turned on to activate, thus suggested to attach to your PFD...

other wise go with the Epirb

PLB coastal and nearer, when someone on the contact list you provide when registered, knows you, your boat and your plans.

Epirb anywhere else you go and especially if you don't leave plans with anyone, for sure if you are offshore or extended cruise.

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Coljolys...the subscription thing is probably the SPOT locator which is really cool for family and friends to follow along...but nothing like a real EPIRB for safety.
I think you are smart to get an EPIRB for any offshore jumps and for the Bahamas.
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Personal opinion only - not questioning anyone else's opinion.

Having personally talked with CG and SARs folks, for a run down the coast, I feel that for me a DSC VHF and a SPOT satellite messenger are by far our best option. ( SPOT SATELLITE MESSENGER :: HOME PAGE )

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For the Bahamas for sure and "maybe" the Caribbean - it would still be my choice.

If we were crossing "the pond" I would want a boat twice our boat's size, sat phone, EPIRBs, sat internet, SSB and anything else I could find. Probably just cheaper to get a couple of first class tickets on United or some other carrier and go to the Med that way.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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Are PLB & spot the same thing?
Do all PLB's require a subscription?
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SPOT is not a PLB, PLB's use the same SARSAT system that EPIRBs use and hence is worldwide.
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No, PLBs are like EPIRBs in that they're free to use, but can only be used in an emergency. The Spot Messenger uses a different set of satellites, the GlobalStar satellite phone satellites IIRC, and not the SARSAT/COPSAS satellite network and has less coverage because of that.
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Just curious, who makes a PLB that goes 48 hours and has a strobe???

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correction - with the correct PLB and battery (And yes they are "hazardous"), they will go 48 hours and can have the strobe...

One other thing, most epirbs float and auto-activate...the PLBs need to be turned on to activate, thus suggested to attach to your PFD...

other wise go with the Epirb

PLB coastal and nearer, when someone on the contact list you provide when registered, knows you, your boat and your plans.

Epirb anywhere else you go and especially if you don't leave plans with anyone, for sure if you are offshore or extended cruise.

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Renting an EPIRB is a possible solution, but shipping it back from a foreign country can be an issue... A friend was trying to rent one for a delivery of a boat from Fairhaven to Halifax, and there was no reasonable way to ship it back to BoatUS from Canada due to customs and such. Also, the battery in an EPIRB is sometimes classified as hazardous materials.
That may be the case. However, I took an EPIRB from Washington Dulles through Copenhagen to Goteberg in 2006 with no issues. The MaxProp I was carrying was a problem, but the EPIRB was not.

I'd check with the folks at Puget Sound Inflatables ( life-raft.com ) about shipping.
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