As anyone else seen VPIRB's - VPIRB: EPIRB: PLB: Marine Safety Equipment
If so what are your thoughts?
It seems to be a good idea to me, especially for off shore sailing. To my mind, they are close to ideal for a MOB
situation. IMO, the two problems for MOB
1. Knowing if someone has gone over the side.
2. Locating them if lost
from sight (very easy to lose sight of them)
PLB's don't alert the parent boat
and it can be quite difficult to establish communications
from the parent boat
to a national RCC. Of course the RCC might know the exact location of a MOB if the PLB is embedded with a GPS
but how to get that info to the parent vessel.
Remembering the nearest rescue
vessel would be the parent vessel, it would seem logical that the parent vessel should get the alarm
and location. I had been working on a design to have a 406 MHz receiver and decoder on board to receive and decode a PLB (with GPS) to do a similar job when I came across this unit which seems to be the answer.
BTW, I have no association with the design, manufacture or sales of VPIRBs.