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A dismasting is likely to both cause injury and take down the only antenna that most boats have for the radio. Open ocean safety procedures suggest having a spare antenna (I do), but I'm sure many do not. A dismasting would occur either due to heavy winds and a rigging failure or by capsizing.
If the location is remote enough, even a functioning EPIRB (emergency gps locator) will have serious delays (ie days) before rescue personnel arrive. Without a radio, you would have no idea whether they are even coming, especially if the EPIRB floated away in a capsize, as its designed to do if the boat sinks, and you aren't able to confirm that it is sending a signal at all.
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Last edited by Minnewaska; 08-28-2011 at 09:27 AM.