Originally Posted by GuyC
By the same token, I would imagine that firstly you want something on your person to try and raise help (PLB / HH VHF) and secondly something to help identify you should the worst happen. Can you get PLB's / EPIRB's that have hydrostatic operation i.e. when it floods it goes off, similar to a life jacket? I suppose the issue with that is accidental operation.
An EPIRB with hydrostatic release that stayed on the boat or one that operated off the kill cord (if it had a delay for when you accidentally operated it) would cover capsize and MOB.
I do have an EPIRB in the RIB, as well as my PLB webbed into my lifejacket.
As ShinyShoe has said, you can indeed get hydrostatic releases for EPIRBS
(although mine isn't fitted with one) but just to be clear - The EPIRB isn't something
I would want to attach to my person, its much bigger and clunkier compared to
a PLB which is something I do
want to have firmly attached to my lifejacket.
As SS said - on a Rib - always the danger that your EPIRB will end up
floating under the capsized boat.
If you don't own a PLB, I strongly recommend you get one in your safety kit.
If your MOB or Capsized, you will be looking for what is to hand,
what is attached to you, and not be starting to hunt around for something
that was in or attached to the boat. Believe me, after 10 mins MOB in the water,
you will be pulling your hair out wondering if the Hydrostatic release functioned on the EPIRB,
if it has activated, where it is...PD summed it up in earlier post,
if your MOB in the sort of conditions which lead to an ejection, your not likely to get back to the boat.
To get back to the OP, my advice - best set up is fixed VHF AND a waterproof
Handheld VHF, and a PLB, and an additional means of raising alarm.
Make sure all the small stuff is very well secured to your lifejacket/person
in a way that can withstand an ejection into the water at speed.