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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

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i use spot so my momma knows where to send the wreath and balloons
Make sure turn it off when you are visiting the Gentlemen Club. :P

Kidding aside, I have my SPOT II, and loving it. There are many new devices come out recently that have lots of functions than SPOT. Practice Sailors have a couple reviews on that. Some of them provide two way communication too.

I like the device that allows user to change the battery. With 3 AAA battery, SPOT will last at less 3 days. If I turn it off and only on when I need to transit, I bet it will last a month. One thing I like about SPOT is they send an acknowledgment if your transmission is received.

After reading the book "A storm too soon", I lost the confidence of EPIRB. But I am sure I will still get one for the boat.


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EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

I'd say overcharge your next client and buy both. Redundancy.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you fall overboard you are as good as DEAD so neither will do you any good
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you fall overboard you are as good as DEAD so neither will do you any good
My PLB is attached to an inflatable pfd with a harness. My PLB would go over with me.

In rough conditions, at night, and offshore I am tethered.

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So if you fall overboard while tethered you would set off your PLB???????
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So if you fall overboard while tethered you would set off your PLB???????
Not if I had crew aboard.

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Ok fair enough what if you were solo? For anyone who has never fallen overboard at night, solo, in rough conditions let me paint a picture for you. I slipped on my tether and fell overboard on the windward side of the boat. The immediate shock of the cold water was followed by the knowledge that my foulies were sure to be my demise. My strength was zapped from the cold water " I am very fit" the foul weather gear was like a huge water brake and had me pinned to the stern quarter, the boat healed and I slipped lower on the hull, when the boat righted I was dragged under and not strong enough to pull my self above the water line, this happened several times. It felt like I was being dragged under water behind a ski boat doing 40 knots. To this day I don't know how I got out of this mess but I can assure you even if I could have located and set off my plb I would have drowned long before anyone found me. YOU CANT BUY SAFETY repeat YOU CANT BUY SAFETY.
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

barefoot - do you have a knife when you are tethered? Is your tether a quick release?

In 30 years, and 36,000 miles I have never had an MOB.

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I have a quick release but no knife that is accessible . In my situation I couldn't have cut the line or I would have lost the boat, even if I had a knife I doubt I would have been able to use it, my hands and face were cut to shreds from a dirty bottom and I had substantially reduced dexterity in my hands to to the cold water. There are no words that can describe the force of the water pinning me against the boat. I'm glad I was solo because I'm sure I was screaming like a little girl while being pinned under.
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

Why did your boat not come up into the wind and either heave-to or go into irons?

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