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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

my vane was steering but even with no vane my little full keel boats prefer to go straight.
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

OK - I do not have access to a vane, but I will not routinely use an autopilot if I am single handing. I will use one to reef if I do not have room to to heave-to.

I also like a little weather helm. A "balanced" helm just feels dead to me.
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

What do you think of those personal AIS MOB beacons? Seems that would expand the pool of potential rescuers beyond the coasties.

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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

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OK - I do not have access to a vane, but I will not routinely use an autopilot if I am single handing. I will use one to reef if I do not have room to to heave-to.

I also like a little weather helm. A "balanced" helm just feels dead to me.
I made a 60 mile passage yesterday singlehanded. The autopilot steered for all but 20 mins. It would have done that too if I had not decided I could do a better job in the acceleration zone of the North of Bequia.

Had I been hand steering all the way I would have been significantly more fatigued and more likely to make mistakes.

I would be concerned if not using a means of self steering was being put forward as good practice in sailing schools esp when sailing shorthanded.
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

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We have both, thats mainly because PLB didnt have sophistication when we purchased EPIRP. I would go for PLB and if you can afford it get two. One for vest and one for the ditch bag.


We have two of the 2881
ACR 2881 ResQLink+ PLB Personal Locator Beacon
We have 1 2842
ACR Global Fix Pro 2842 Cat I EPIRB
Do the PLB's have user replaceable batteries?


Edit: Never mind. The batteries are not user replaceable

http://www.acrartex.com/media/produc...0C%20Draft.pdf
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

Holy cow! I've been looking at some of the different PLB's and they're almost a disposable product with the cost of a five year battery replacement. Looks like ACR is following the Volvo business model. Sell the product cheap, then ding 'em later for the parts/service.
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

Well, I ended up choosing this ACR PLB from Defender for $261:

ACR ResQLink+ PLB

Should satisfy my coastal cruising needs...
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

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Well, I ended up choosing this ACR PLB from Defender for $261:

ACR ResQLink+ PLB

Should satisfy my coastal cruising needs...
Why not an Aqualink?

Res Qlink is not designed for water

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The ResQLink+ is a buoyant PLB but is not intended for operation in water
Intended operational environments include on ground and above ground including held in hand
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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

I bought the ACR 2881, you recommend the ACR 2882. I don't see any difference significant to my intended purpose, except the 2882 is more expensive. The only practical difference is the ability of the 2882 to send a text message saying I am o.k. Surely you don't believe the 2881 was not intended for marine purposes?

Neither of them are EPIRBs. Although they both float and are both waterproof, you have to wear them with the antenna out of the water.

Here is the product description from Defender/ACR:

"...Small and mighty, the ResQLink+ is a full-powered, GPS-enabled rescue beacon designed for boaters, pilots and water-borne sportsmen...[emphasis mine]"

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Re: EPIRB or PLB for coastal cruising

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"...Small and mighty, the ResQLink+ is a full-powered, GPS-enabled rescue beacon designed for boaters, pilots and water-borne sportsmen...[emphasis mine]"
As is the quote from my post

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The ResQLink+ is a buoyant PLB but is not intended for operation in water
Intended operational environments include on ground and above ground
including held in hand
Near the bottom of the specs.

The Aqualink is also COSPAS/SARSAT approved. The ResQLink+ is not. (They will still rescue you.)
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