I'm not aware that any modern PLB use the 121Mhz freq, there all 406, in fact I dont think PLB's ever used it. The aircraft ones did but not PLBs. You comment is really valid in regards to modern PLB ( ie anything in th last couple of years)I guess a plb although less expense, especially after feb 2009, wont cut the mustard
Renting an EPIRB is a possible solution, but shipping it back from a foreign country can be an issue... A friend was trying to rent one for a delivery of a boat from Fairhaven to Halifax, and there was no reasonable way to ship it back to BoatUS from Canada due to customs and such. Also, the battery in an EPIRB is sometimes classified as hazardous materials.
The main differences between an EPIRB and a PLB are:
Run time: An EPIRB will generally run 48 hours, a PLB 24.
Registration: An EPIRB is registered to a specific vessel and has a description of the vessel, including make, model, size, color, normal complement of crew, etc. A PLB is registered to an individual.
Operation: An EPIRB will work even if in the water, and generally are designed to float. A PLB often has to be held out of the water for it to function properly.
Strobe: An EPIRB has a strobe built-into the unit, which can make being spotted at night much simpler. A PLB does not.
My recommendation is to get a GPIRB, which is an EPIRB with an integrated GPS. This is far superior to one that is connected to a GPS externally. The reason for this is that the GPIRB will update the GPS location information as it continues to broadcast, a regular EPIRB will not—it will generally just broadcast the last known GPS coordinates. If you had the boat's GPS off at the time of abandoning ship, the EPIRB may not have any location information to broadcast at all—where a GPIRB will generally get GPS information within a few minutes of being activated and transmit it as soon as it has it.
Hi allColjolys...the subscription thing is probably the SPOT locator which is really cool for family and friends to follow along...but nothing like a real EPIRB for safety.
I think you are smart to get an EPIRB for any offshore jumps and for the Bahamas.
Are PLB & spot the same thing?
Do all PLB's require a subscription?
SD and the group...
correction - with the correct PLB and battery (And yes they are "hazardous"), they will go 48 hours and can have the strobe...
One other thing, most epirbs float and auto-activate...the PLBs need to be turned on to activate, thus suggested to attach to your PFD...
other wise go with the Epirb
PLB coastal and nearer, when someone on the contact list you provide when registered, knows you, your boat and your plans.
Epirb anywhere else you go and especially if you don't leave plans with anyone, for sure if you are offshore or extended cruise.
That may be the case. However, I took an EPIRB from Washington Dulles through Copenhagen to Goteberg in 2006 with no issues. The MaxProp I was carrying was a problem, but the EPIRB was not.Renting an EPIRB is a possible solution, but shipping it back from a foreign country can be an issue... A friend was trying to rent one for a delivery of a boat from Fairhaven to Halifax, and there was no reasonable way to ship it back to BoatUS from Canada due to customs and such. Also, the battery in an EPIRB is sometimes classified as hazardous materials.