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Re: Personal Locator Beacons, PLBs
Thanks Capecodda, that looks like a slick system.
I already have a Gen 3 SPOT. It has some, but not all of the functionality of your Delorme.
It has the tracking capability, every 10 minutes or so that any one with the web link can follow my progress with.
-It has a custom preset message, that is basically an I'm okay button.
-It has a non emergency assist button, that I could maybe use if my boat was wrecked, but I was safe and sound on a beach somewhere, send a float plane or a boat in the morning.
-It has a Mayday button. The down side here, is this talks to a 3rd party SAR service provider, not directly to government.
-What it lacks, is custom messaging and more importantly, it cant receive messages.
I think Delormes are great, but I already have a SPOT.
I want the PLB as an additional safety feature in addition to the SPOT, because I can wear it directly on my life vest, and it talks directly to Federal SAR in case I'm in some deep trouble. I think of it as an extra layer on the proverbial onion.
Sailing is a hobby of mine, but it isn't my only hobbie where a PLB might come in handy. I also enjoy white water canoeing and mountaineering, also activities where I couldn't use an EPIRB or AIS capability. While I guess it would be nice to have specialised gear for each hobbie, that isn't my financial reality, so I try to get gear that is effective for multiple sports.
I guess since I'm on the topic of defending my choice, I think what some of the more oceany sailors didn't get (twice) is, like probably %90 of the actual real boaters in Canada, I am on a small tailerable boat inland or far from main stream yacht traffic. There is no AIS there.
Last edited by Arcb; 11-04-2017 at 05:23 PM.