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Old 28 July 2013, 16:03   #1
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I'm looking to purchase a PLB - has always been on my mind but more especially now after MustRib's experience over the past few days.

I have been looking at the FastFind 210 and 220. Am I right in thinking the only difference is that one has a 5 year battery life and the other has 6? Or am I missing other things?

Anyone want to make a recommendation to me?

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can you still buy the 210, I can only get the 220 from my trade suppliers(if they have stock now)..suggests any 210 could be old stock...so might find battery is 4 years instead of 6....

I do wonder if an AIS MOB thingy would have speeded rescue

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I've got a Fast Find GPS 210; I use it with my jet ski. It's really compact and easy to use in an emergency - see video on website. I think I paid about 200 for it. It doesn't float, the logic being that if you drop it the search team will find the beacon and not you although you could easily wrap some cork around it I suppose.
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you can buy a floating jacket for the 210 the 220 it's is supplied as standard.

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I do wonder if an AIS MOB thingy would have speeded rescue
MustRib has AIS transmitter which was on but apparently MRCC couldn't pick him up. So you'd be relying on other vessels seeing his AIS MOB message. I'd chose a satellite!!

If you aren't single handed your own boat can go find you.

I'd guess the Ferry could see the AIS of the RIB... Gets him close. MRCC will also have given the co-ordinates from the EPIRB once it got a fix. Hard for a small boat to plot, would have taken the Ferry seconds.

If they can do me a PLB with AIS on it too then I'd be happy!
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have you looked at R10 or S10 - ok they are stand alone units -

PLB 210 with GPS Is what I have.

Range of the AIS MOB units is 4 miles - so they are limited of use - depending in the location you are ribbing in.

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Anyone want to make a recommendation to me?
No experience in anger so hardly able to comment.
But the RI guys had an offer from landau.com for a Safelink Solo for 200. That seemed a good price. Comes with a floating case which the fast find doesn't usually. From what I can tell its a fast find that's rebadged. Instruction manual wording is identical.
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No experience in anger so hardly able to comment.
But the RI guys had an offer from landau.com for a Safelink Solo for 200. That seemed a good price. Comes with a floating case which the fast find doesn't usually. From what I can tell its a fast find that's rebadged. Instruction manual wording is identical.
It does seem like a good price, untill I tell you I got mine for 80 posted, when a windfarm bought several of the wrong thing and needed rid!

now I have one I wouldn't go to sea without it, I use it for sailing the Laser and my SIB, would also bring it with me on walks up the mournes and long solo bike rides.
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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?
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Maybe. But you need to register them so it carries a hassle factor.

As its one way its not really very helpful if a chopper appears overhead and you are out of fuel. Plus you cant call your mates on it.

You don't get many calling up MayDay for running out of fuel etc. You also see even less DSC Alerts. I know DSC is only 15 years old so not everyone has one, and very few hand handheld as its so new. But I get the impression most people consider hitting the red button as the ultimate admission of defeat. Activtaing the EPIRB would be like saying you are beyond that!!

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.
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