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Last spring I bought a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) which, in my opinion, is the best of all worlds. It is a 406 EPIRB with a 121.5 homer and transmits a GPS signal within 3 minutes of being activated. It is small enough to fit in my pocket and, rather than being associated with a boat it is associated with me. I use it on my boat, on others boats and whenever I am doing any outdoorsy stuff in the wilderness. Unfortunately they are a little pricey but I think I'm worth it.

Check out the ACR ResQFix: ACR ResQFix 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon (unadvertised price)

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But remember one thing: With the EPIRB it has to be registered before the "powers to be" will respond to it. IF you have failed to register the EPIRB, then they will ignore its broadcast. Thus the Prime Rule on Getting an EPIRB is to register immediately, right now, by yesterday. Do you get the picture??
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They can be registered online. With my ResQFix i can go online and update the details or the adventure I'm having each time I leave. If you have any health issues etc that can all be added. Keeping the registration up to date is quite important. I update mine each time to say how many are on my boat, what stuff I have brought with me, who my safety contact ashore is etc. If anything should ever happen, they have some good info right at the get go.

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217
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Thanks for everybody's response. I feel a lot better about those things now and will probably get one myself.

The new ship here is fitted according to the reported increase of knowledge among mankind. Namely, she is cumbered end to end with bells & trumpets & clock & wires, it has been told me, can call voices out of the air of the waters to con the ship while the crew sleeps. But sleep thou lightly, it has not yet been told me that the Sea has ceased to be the Sea. Rudyard Kipling
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