Originally Posted by chuckr
Dockhead -- thanks for this -- we will take a hard look as we have a couple of personal epirps on board and their battery
life is just about over. So this may be a great replacement.
Have to do a bit more research
I don't think these are an exact substitute for a PLB, so you might consider changing the batts in your PLBs as well.
I keep a PLB in my life jacket and don't even have an EPIRB
, as I am rarely more than a couple hundred miles offshore
these days. If the SHTF, I would have VHF
DSC and HF DSC for emergency signalling from the boat, and flares! In these waters with dense shipping
, old fashioned pyrotechnical flares are still very effective.
Then, if I have to get into the liferaft
, I have the PLB and a handheld DSC VHF
with a lot of spare batteries. And more flares.
If I fall overboard
handed, God forbid, I'm probably dead in these cold waters, but I do have the PLB which sends out a 121mhz homing signal besides the satellite
I think an AIS/DSC MOB
device like this would be just perfect, if I could only figure out how to buy one. But I wouldn't give up the PLB, which is another leg in the system.
All this emergency signalling might sound like massive overkill to someone, but I just don't think there is a such thing as overkill, where this is concerned. I do not want to die, and do not want any of my friends or loved ones to die, because he or she or we could not be found after some kind of disaster, and a few redundant methods to ensure that seems like the right approach to me.