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Old 13 December 2013, 16:36   #21
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You guys great and you give really solid advice..so... i have already purchased the Lifejacket that you have recommended and will get a plb as well.

Have looked at courses and will be taking one ASAP.

I want to have serious fun next summer but only when I have suitable kit! I don't want that phone call made to my family or anyone else's!

When I do venture further I hope it will be in the company of some of you guys.

I'm game for anything...but I always ask advice here before I try something or go somewhere new, your advice is invaluable to a novice like me. I am sure that by sharing your experiences, u all have indirectly saved lives... Never understand why some people question the advice provided here especially when it relates to basic safety, like wearing a Lifejacket. Much appreciate...
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Old 13 December 2013, 16:45   #22
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I may be jumped on for this....I'd look at a decent hand held radio before plb.....

Given your location and boat etc I'd feel it would be far more useful....

The ability to talk to others, and hear them and what's going on locally, the weather etc .

By all means carry a plb as well..but radio is my feeling of being the most use/benefit for the money...
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I may be jumped on for this....I'd look at a decent hand held radio before plb..... Given your location and boat etc I'd feel it would be far more useful.... The ability to talk to others, and hear them and what's going on locally, the weather etc . By all means carry a plb as well..but radio is my feeling of being the most use/benefit for the money...
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Old 13 December 2013, 16:56   #24
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Thanks Peter. Before I posted this I was bought a cobra MR HH125 EU VHF radio. Hope that is considered ok?

I did laugh when my 6 year old picked it up and started saying " may day may day, we are going down". at least he knows what to say should it be required!
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not at all Peter... would agree.
Handheld vhf would make more sense especially in the area the OP is boating, but most sensible is taking more than one way of asking for help IMO.
I think the price of a PLB would seem like peanuts if you had to use it.
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Never understand why some people question the advice provided here especially when it relates to basic safety, like wearing a Lifejacket. Much appreciate...
Wonderful... When I first saw "Bournemouth" and the thread I was expecting a Simcal moment. Thank you for proving me wrong
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not at all Peter... would agree.
Handheld vhf would make more sense especially in the area the OP is boating, but most sensible is taking more than one way of asking for help IMO.
I think the price of a PLB would seem like peanuts if you had to use it.
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