Vessel locators and means to call for help that were required in the last offshore race
- fixed VHF
- handheld marine VHF
- HF Radio
- sat phone
- Satelite tracking system
OK I concede that this isn't a race
forum, but I think it tracks the weather
change to the 'Oh sh*t it broke, I'll call for help' mentality that seems to be seeping into our conciousness.
All these items are of course, nice to have. There is even a remote
chance that one of them may even save your life one day. But put in the context of things like experience, capability, fitness, a well maintained boat, reliable systems, access to weather
information etc., they are small potatoes.
Luckily, in many regions of the world, such regulation hasn't percolated down and we are still free to take responsibility, live with our decisions and perhaps face the consequences one day.
Long may that remain