Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Fingerlakes & Great Lakes New York
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Owl, I too am ambivalent as to the SPOT messenger.
I see it as useful for sending location updates for long term cruisers, like Labatt is. (of course it is useless the two places I really wanted/want one in then past and upcoming year, the Arctic Ocean and the west coast of equatorial Africa) I agree, for a strictly emergency tool the EPIRB with GPS is absolutely the gold standard.
Of course, neither will function as a back up GPS unit; but that really is a separate question.
If I were going off shore, and HAD to choose one; it would be the GPS enabled EPIRB.
If I were sailing inshore, same conditions, I would probably go for a small backup GPS with a VHF, or the SPOT; but again only as an emergency tool.
Scratch that; buy the GPS-EPIRB and a crummy $100 GPS for backup. Do it right.
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