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Old 04 November 2003, 12:39   #41
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Just a extra note on kit to carry. I now carry an EPRIB whether out on the RIB or kayaking. The Mcmurdo 406Mhz fastfind unit is about the size of a chunky mobile phone, has GPS facility and can be had for under 500.
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Old 04 November 2003, 13:34   #42
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Must say that i think this makes sense, Given that in RIB the most likely and serious incident where you will need major assistance will be when you are out of the boat due to a capsize or fire. therfore no main radio at best a 5watt portable with limited range and possibly flares, and that is assuming you are in a fit state to operate them. At circa 500.00 ish an Eprib costs no more than one set of decent wet weather gear or 4 good lifejackets. In the event of a capsize you wouldnt have time to use DSC so even that would not Guarantee you could get help but again could cost 500.00 or more. Can anyone give me an argument for not getting one.......(apart from the 500 good ones that is)
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Old 04 November 2003, 15:33   #43
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bilge Rat

i dont have that many friends that want to go boating this time of year so it means i sometimes go out alone !!

Richard, if you read your pm's you'll see I've been trying to get out together for some time now!! Give me a ring on 07768 153 386 when you want to get out.
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Old 04 November 2003, 15:57   #44
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Can anyone give me an argument for not getting one.......(apart from the 500 good ones that is)
How about slow response time from the CG? I understand that it will be several hours before they are alerted to an EPIRB signal. I reckon that these devices are OK (in fact essential) for ocean cruising, but for coastal use, think about more conventional devices. You need to reduce your time in the water in a survival situation. Never mind "decent wet weather gear" you need a dry suit if there's a chance of ending up in the water. Also remember that it gadgets that got Daniel into this situation in the first place:
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I was, at the time...looking at the instruments, not the sea, and as i took-off from the top of a wave i looked up - it was too late
So over-reliance on gadgets to recover sounds like a bad strategy to me.
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Old 04 November 2003, 17:03   #45
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Fair comment, I was thinking of as well as the normal stuff not instead of..
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Old 04 November 2003, 18:08   #46
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If you are in the drink alone and without VHF or flares then forget it!

Despite the sensible and informative input on this forum the fact is that alone you are putting yourself at risk -in particular circumstances not much of what you carry will be of use -but then again if you can't take a joke you should'n't join!
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Sorry for not getting back to you i've PM'd you this morning, i'm out and about this Sunday if your interested in meeting up some place.

Let me know.

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To thewavehumper:

Quote from Mike Garsides thread on this subject:

"The one I currently use and over the years it is the best I have come across is the Jotron AQ5. It retails at 47.95 and I bought mine on-line from Shamrock Quay Chandlery. The web address is...

www.shamrock.co.uk "
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Thanks Brian,

We get discount there so it will be a better bargain

Richard B are you going out this Sunday, if so what time, and can I join you
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We get discount there so it will be a better bargain
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