Creating a specific thread to hopefully get some help.
This is my first cruising cat. The PO had bought two EPIRBs, one of which was still in date that Iíve registered. But neither was mounted - both were in a grab bag. I have left the secondary EPIRB
in the primary grab bag.
I donít know where itís best to mount an EPIRB
on a larger cat. Where do others mount their primary EPIRB?
Both EPIRBs are registered with OFCOM (the boat
is registered in Jersey) and the primary EPIRB is also registered with Maritime NZ.
option is typically just inside the companionway
so the on watch crew in the cockpit
can reach it easily. That location also puts it next to the most obvious cabin
exit so other crew coming out can grab it.
But in a cat, if youíve capsized, a location next to the salon
door is over a metre underwater and a long way from the above water
portions of the boat
. But the safest way to exit an upside down cat, even if youíre in the salon
, is going to be via an escape hatch
, as that takes you up towards the air in the hulls. So it seems that an EPIRB should be next to one of the escape hatches
, together with the grab bags. But in the case of fire or crashing onto a reef, a location next to the salon door makes more sense.