Originally Posted by CarCode
Might be better to stay ashore then...
You are always clipped to your jacklines
I confess I am not. E.g. on a nice sunny afternoon I am not tethered.
When going down in the sail locker or engine
compartment I am not. When doing something on the cabin
top I am not. The boat is 6m / 20ft wide and I don't want to run a spider web across.
At night the one on watch always carries a Lowrance Link2 handheld VHF with GPS
& DSC. However we can't make this a 24/7 rule
without a bunch of spare batteries.
Plus during the day the off-watch (and the kids) roam around outside or inside and even our small cat is big enough that I am not always sure where everyone is.
A handheld VHF is not an automatic alert. Either the MOB needs to press the distress
button to alert the boat VHF or the off-watch needs to query the position of the handheld. I doubt that someone in panic mode will find the right menu items to do a position query.
Even if this works out OK this query will just return the numeric position but will not simply drop a MOB marker on the OpenCPN chart.
These Bluetooth beacons have a battery
life of a year or more. They are small enough that we can make every person onboard wear one 24/7.
I will order a handfull and play around with them. I would love to see them integrated into OpenCPN but even if not these are helpful items to have.