Originally Posted by noelex 77
My EPIRB needs replacing and I am considering buying two PLB instead. (The existing EPIRB will be kept as back up).
For most of my sailing there is just myself and wife on board a PLB attached to each of life jackets seems a much more more sensible system.
What is the best PLB. It would be great to get a combined 406mhz/GPS/ AIS.
Does anyone have an idea if/when such a unit will be released?
We are in the same situation and have decided to replace the EPIRB with:
- 1x McMurdo Fastfind 220 PLB
- 1x DeLorme InReach SE
The PLB is the latest and smallest that I am aware of. The DeLorme is hard to find at the moment because it is new and very popular. It uses the Iridium
constellation for worldwide 2-way text communications
and tracking. If you buy it only for safety
use only like we do, you still need a $100/yr subscription. You push the distress
button and can follow up with texting with their RCC (same one as used by SPOT). The 2-way communications
is the big pro.
The idea is to have both of these available. When we would be doing offshore
night sailing, we get the one sleeps and one on watch thing. For this I would add a McMurdo persnal AIS beacon. So, the person on watch has both the PLB and AIS. The wait is for the combo.