Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Palacios, Texas
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I have a question for some of you salts out there. A couple of years ago I crewed on a sailboat from the Canaries to Barbados. Besides myself, there were three other crewmen, the Captain (an Aussie) and his wife. We were about half way across and were all in the cockpit late one afternoon and the discussion of EPIRB's came up. The Captain said he had one, but that if anything dire happened to us this far out, even if we set it off, it was unlikely that anybody would respond. He claims that these things are mainly for coastal cruising, and that nobody would even respond to a signal that far out in the ocean. I argued that there might be a ship just beyond the horizon, and that they could dispatch that ship to come check it out. He said that was possible, but a pretty remote chance.
Anyway, he say's they're useless in the middle of the ocean. Anybody know anything about this for sure?
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