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Old 08-09-2010, 14:45   #1
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Gearing up for a trans-Atlantic crossing, we are considering which locator / SOS beacon to purchase, looking for something on the cheaper side (crew of 3 on a 34' sailboat - not rich people).

Just looked at the SPOT device and service and are seeing a lot of negative reviews. Now looking at ACR EPIRB.

Anyone with strong thoughts about what class of beacon to purchase, which satellite service to use, which frequency is best, anything of that nature?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

- Jim Wiggins, Bateau Eclipse, blue water noobie
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Old 08-09-2010, 14:47   #2
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A GPIRB, and don't forget to register it. A spot is not an emergency beacon.
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You want a 406 MHz GPS Emergency Beacon (EPIRB/GPIRB), not a “SPOT” Satellite Messenger.

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