Originally Posted by Copinsay
In that case I'd be looking to buy the 25W fixed units to install on the boats rather than handhelds (5 or 6 Watts) for greater coverage, esp as the latter can be cheaper, plus less likely to go flat due to lack of re-charge by colleagues.
And then have a 25W fixed unit on your boat, plus a handheld clipped to you.
DSC would be a very good idea too so that they will alert even if the audio is turned down by the other boats.
Very bad / sad news if you think no-one would come for a PLB alert... Not doubting you, just a shame to hear it.
Of course there's the licensing issue in your country (or is that a joke too?!), but in your situation I'd be very tempted to install asap so they can be used in an emergencyif need be... though you'd do well to have the training (esp for DSC etc) anyway.
As backup a satellite phone could be an option, but you'd need to look for something as waterproof as possible, or put in a watertight case.
Thanks for the constructive post Steve. I have a fixed unit on my boat, well not quite as I have a my boat in a container on it's way here. The Radio is sat in my toy cupboard along with the GPS chartplotter. If either were fitted on the boat then there would be a big problem trying to get it in to the country.
The hand held's are for back up and the big boat. Where I'm wanting to out and about there is no mobile signal and yet there is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and there are some Military bases on the Islands so I'm hoping that a handheld would work if the worst happened.
I'll go for the Icom units and also a PLB, although I'm really not sure if anyone will come other than my mates and family. I've been trying to find out what happens when one is activated in the Red Sea. if it is UK registered then the it will indeed be Falmouth who deals with it and they should will contact these guys. International Cospas-Sarsat Programme
This is when it all goes to shit. However Falmouth will phone my UK mobile first to ensure that there hasn't been a mistake. So I just leave my UK mobile with someone on shore who can manage an incident and tell them my plan prior to setting off.
A livaboard went down in this area last week, not a small boat a big 30 odd metre boat. It was on it's way from Sharm El Sheik to Suez and it sank in front of Shokair, an oil terminal. From there you can see the ships going up and down the Suez Channel. The five crew got into a liferaft which must have had a problem as the only survivor raised the alarm after swimming to an oil rig.
2 found, 3 Egyptians still missing along with sunken boat - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online
From the sea you can see land on both sides of you, Oil installations and huge ships one after the other. Seems a shame that the alarm was raised by a survivor swimming to safety.