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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Personnal EPIRB/PLB

    I have been hoping that by the time the battery in my PLB expires, a personal device that combines satellite and AIS capabilities would be on the market, but time is running out and it does not appear to be forthcoming. What is stopping the manufacturers?

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    Default Re: Personnal EPIRB/PLB

    Quote Originally Posted by westhinder View Post
    a personal device that combines satellite and AIS capabilities ... What is stopping the manufacturers?
    Nothing technically. Size considerations - each part needs a battery big enough to fulfil runtime requirement. Certification - needs to have a standard which probably comes down to ITU producing technical spec. No idea if that exists. Then getting device approval to meet that standard. Look how long it took to get VHF and AIS transponder on same device.
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    Default Re: Personnal EPIRB/PLB

    There’s a German company that did produce a prototype combined AIS and PLB but they couldn’t get type approval for it. The major problem is the activation method: a PLB, under current regulations has to be manually activated whereas an AIS beacon can be automatic. Their prototype was fully automatic and therefore non compliant.
    Getting changes to the agreed specifications is a long process as it has to be agreed by all members of the ITU: that takes time.... In the meantime we carry two gadgets on our life jackets: AiS/DSC beacons and a PLB. Two fag packets as opposed to one.

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    Default Re: Personnal EPIRB/PLB

    Quote Originally Posted by KellysEye View Post
    The whole point when sailing is not to go overboard. The harness should have one long and one short tether which is used on deck so you can't go over the guard rails the long one is to put around the mast when reefing or vice versa, plus a U-bolt in the cockpit and jackstays. We clipped on in bad weathers and always at night tthus didn't need a PLB but we did have EPIRB.
    Yes, but ... so what?

    A PLB is neither designed nor intended for man overboard applications. As others have already said, a personal AIS transmitter is infinitely more valuable in such situations.

    A PLB is best thought of as a ‘poor man’s EBIRB’, to summon assistance when in distress.

    If you can afford an EPIRB, buy one; but better yet, buy a PLB as well (nothing convinces an RCC that a satellite-relayed distress signal is genuine like two or more simultaneously coming from the same location ... and that means no time is lost in verification calls prior to dispatching help. Redundancy in emergency signalling kit is very desirable).
    Last edited by Walther; 21-09-19 at 19:24.

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