Originally Posted by richardjawilson
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.