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Old 20 May 2007, 14:38   #1
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I was thinking of getting an epirb, but i'm not sure whether to go for an epirb or plb. does anyone use either and have any recomendations for me?? your help on this purchase would be very much welcomed.

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For the same money you can get a sat phone as well.
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codprawn, is that the route you have taken?
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I have (although I hope never to have to use it) a McMurdo Findfast Plus PLB

Same functionality as an EPIRB apart from not water activated (which is a good thing in a RIB) but its fastened to me, therefore it doesnt matter what happens to the boat, it with me wether Im a MOB or onboard with a situation, also as I use several boats its with me whatever boat Im in.

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Old 22 May 2007, 10:37   #5
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Thanks for that pete. The PLB seems a good solution and is a bit more flexible should I get lost crossing the Sahara !!!
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Thanks for that pete. The PLB seems a good solution and is a bit more flexible should I get lost crossing the Sahara !!!
It won't help you there - there is no international protocol for responding to inland activated PLBs / EPIRBS - and indeed via COSPAS/SARSAT satellites there are some significant blackspots...

Seriously though, I'd go for an EPIRB every time. Unless I'm wrong about Codders model, satphones won't self activate if you sink, won't transmit a position, and I'm not sure about their longevity if floating around on their own - certainly ours don't like it!

EPIRBS run on 406MHz, and are picked up within at least 30-45 minutes of activation depending on satellite position, in most cases much faster. They're also of great us if you're in countries without much of a search and rescue service - MRCC Falmouth handle many calls each year from some very strange places indeed...

The PLB option usually has a dual 121.5MHz transmitter, not recognised for SAR activation but useful for close location, e.g. VHF DF from lifeboats.

I'd definately go for the EPIRB, but if you do, remember to keep the EPIRB Registry of the MCA advised of any changes of address, vessel sale, etc.

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For the avoidance of doubt, the McMurdo FastFind PLB (with or without GPS) is dual frequency - ie 406 and 121.5MHz with full Falmouth MMSI registration. The SmartFind EPIRB is 406 only.

Anyone who wants a RIBnet special on these, just let me know (ie ignore our current website price).

See here for more on McMurdo products and some background info as well

There's also some new GME PLBs coming out soon. They've been held up by type approval, but I'm sure they'll be very competitive.

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Sat phones do float and are fully waterproof - if you keep them in a case!!!

In a RIB for just around the UK coast I really don't think either is needed. Far better to have a waterproof VHF attached to your jacket at all times.

Many long distance yachtsmen prefer a sat phone over an Epirb as they can get other forms of assistance as well - medical help for example.
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[QUOTE=MikeCC;200976] For the avoidance of doubt, the McMurdo FastFind PLB (with or without GPS) is dual frequency - ie 406 and 121.5MHz with full Falmouth MMSI registration. The SmartFind EPIRB is 406 only.

Anyone who wants a RIBnet special on these, just let me know (ie ignore our current website price).

Hi Mike... can you let me know how much for a GPS equipped Fastfind?

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With an epirb with gps I guess i doesn't matter if its only 406. I understand they are turning off the 121.5 band in 2009......is that right.

Mike could you let me know the prices of a smartfind eprib with and without gps, but I dont need the float free automatic housing.

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