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Old 28 July 2013, 17:54   #11
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Originally Posted by ShinyShoe View Post

Only risk I see would be if they became cheaper than a HH VHF and so someone trying to make a decision on which to buy decides to go with the cheapest option then has no means to make contact for relatively minor incidents.
It's a good point- if every idiot that goes out in the Solent had one they'd become useless.
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Old 28 July 2013, 17:56   #12
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Originally Posted by Nos4r2 View Post
It's a good point- if every idiot that goes out in the Solent had one they'd become useless.
but these idiots need to know these exist - and prepared to pay double the value of there boat! lol
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Old 28 July 2013, 20:05   #13
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Is there a risk that if price falls and demand rises, and end up with so many being used inshore by idiots that the they fall foul of their own effectiveness? Ie SAR etc get fed up with responding to jet skis/ribs who've fallen off/run out of fuel?
Nah, they still have to respond to the idiots anyway - being able to so it with a position might actually be quicker. And anyone in the rescue services who would rather someone didn't summons help for a minor issue and risk pulling their body out later is in the wrong role.

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It's a good point- if every idiot that goes out in the Solent had one they'd become useless.
Not really you've so much 'traffic' down there and so many inshore rescue boats that even if every pan-pan was an EPIRB call it wouldn't actually cause that big an issue. However there IS a delay period from receipt to action and so its not necessarily as quick or effective a solution as VHF which is a good bit cheaper and the folks you worry about don't usually carry that!

The bigger concern is probably if people start using them on land a lot.
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Got a 210 with GPS - always on me (lifejacket) even if its a very very local trip.

Its the last resort for help ( after DSC HH - also on lifejacket - both attached with lanyards) .

If I ever find myself floating in the water without a boat I'm setting everything off ! I'd be happy to admit defeat at that point !

Interesting comment when we were at Solent CG - they see more false alarms from the Mcmurdo site in Portsmouth - but as soon as they have a fix it poops on thier map screens with the given position which allows them to either react by sending poeple out pronto or calling mcmurdo to let them know, or a land unit to a house - or an MRT to a hill etc ....

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