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Old 02-27-2016, 11:24 AM   #11
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Coast Guard does have quite a bit more range than others, but I always like to have at minimum satellite text messaging available to me.

I used DeLorme inReach last year and it worked great. Was able to keep in touch with wife and family members and update them on our position and status.

I have upgraded to an onboard satellite communicator this year and don't really need the DeLorme inReach anymore, if anybody is interested in one, they are about $220 new, I'd let this one go for $150. I'd imagine it's still under warranty, it's still pretty much brand new, just got it last year about this time.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:36 AM   #12
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I just received my McMurdo Fastfind 220 PLB. It was about $230 on Amazon Prime.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:40 AM   #13
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Like stated the Coasties have a much longer range than any normal fishing boat. Another good thing about Commercial fisherman they will always respond to a sailor in distress. And there is always commercial boats fishing offshore. They wont normally answer recreational fishermen Just wanting to know information. But none of them wont come to a mayday and assist a broke down fellow mariner. Remember you have no enemies at sea. At least that's the way it use to be and in my book still is. I have made a few rescues of recreational and commercial fisherman. Pulled two Recreational fishermen out of the water after they abandoned a burning boat about 6 years ago 15 miles off of Orange Beach. Remember no enemies at sea and always monitor 16 and shift to a working channel.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:05 PM   #14
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If your adrift out to sea with no way to contact anyone you are officially in a survival situation and the Coast Guard will respond if you activate your PLB. How you get back after they have been able to establish communications with you is a different story. If your worried about maintaining communications, I recommend everything I've mentioned before but also doing a radio check before leaving out to sea, making sure your equipment is up to par, that's making sure your batteries are good, radio hasn't been weather abused and you have a antenna capable of long range. Going out to sea with a inshore only antenna is retarded, not to mention a large percentage of folks who run into hard times while out usually are victims of their own bad boat maintenance practices.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:14 PM   #15
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Always with me!

1: EPIRB
2: SPOT satellite messenger. Cheap and reliable get me home piece of mind without having to set off the EPIRB.

The good thing about the SPOT is that I use it in all kinds of situations like the woods for hunting and much more!
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