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Re: A PLB for the Chesapeake Bay?
Couple of additional considerations.....
I have a Standard Horizon VHF/GPS/DSC radio in my ditch bag. I understand, once you press that DSC button, you don't have very long until the batteries are dead. I keep a sleeve of spare batteries in my ditchbag too.
The one downside to a PLB is that I do not believe they make hydro activated models. That's probably because you wouldn't want one triggered simply by getting wet, if you take some snot in the cockpit. IOW, you have to be conscious and be able to physically trigger the PLB. Painfully, the reason you're in the water could include an injury.
So, my answer, a standard VHF (longer battery life) and a PLB. If not a VHF, an InReach could do. Again, you need to be conscious and dexterous.
I assume the Chessy water gets cold in the shoulder seasons. That works on you fast.
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