All this talk of safety and the amount of boats that have been upside down this season has me ready to purchase an EPIRB and put a ditch bag together, Lots to choose from not sure what would be the best fit for my tub. Suggestions??
Yeah that’s the kind of stuff I think about the night before going offshore, my first season really venturing out and I realize you can’t be too safe. stopped by West Marine today just to take a look going to the sit down tonight get on the inter-web and look at what you all have suggested, Gotta love the BD community..... THANKYOU gents!This video sealed the deal in my decision to carry a PLB on me when I'm on the water.
Anybody have any experience with Garmin inreach? They look interesting. I run an epirb, but when it’s time to replace batteries, I may look a little harder at the Garmin.
I agree. I’m all about redundancy. The inreach would be a good supplement to epirb. I spend a lot of time in the woods. Maybe when it’s time for batteries, I’ll get a plb and inreach.EPIRB and PLB 406 GPS signals go directly to Coast Guard. The inreach is NOT a substitute. Make sure you register the device properly. For the cost of a tank of fuel you can have a PLB or an EPIRB.
Orion Floating Locator Beacon
Flare Gun with 12 extra expired aerial flares
Hand Flares and 8 extra expired flares
Whistle with safety mirror
Portable Air Horn
Manually activated strobe light attached to outside the ditch bag
Portable VHF Radio always fully charged
Small First Aid Kit
Storm Proof Matches (just in case hand flare don't ignite)
4 Reflective blankets