Originally Posted by chewy
I don't think the RNLI stopped using them because the Atlantics lost power at night, more to do with how do you know when it is and isn't working. I know it comes with a unit to show when its been interrogated but I'd rather have a unit that works less well all the time than a unit that may fail when I need it most.
But is there a known problem? If a tiny number of units actually spontaneously fail in the field then I'd rather have the more effective system, and accept that there is a very small chance it will fail, and that I may not be aware it has failed, and that Radar recognition by the third party would be "critical" to the activity I was undertaking at the time - than have a system which is effectively "failing" some of the time on every trip.
Why not have both if you are that concerned and have RNLI budgets?