Northeast - u'r opinion of Epirbs for nearshore to offshore

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Mijoy2
03-10-2010, 01:43 PM
I have a an Epirb (not the self deployable, gotta manually throw the switch). I had it on my old boat (a 22' Glacier Bay) that I'd often take to the BB Bouy in my slightly younger slightly crazier days. Now I have a new boat; a 23' Steiger Craft. I'll be taking to Stellwagon maybe 5-10 times a season and often all around CC Bay. Most of my fishing will be inshore.

The Epirb is due for a battery....$275. Seems nuts. I'm pondering just selling it on EBay, I can probably get a few hundred dollars for it (yeah think?). However maybe I should just pony up the $275 and keep it.

I thought I'd ask here for others opinions on Epribs for the typpe of fishing I do. Worth while or a bit overkill? Put much value in them if not venturing way off shore?

Maybe I should conduct a poll.


BACKTOTHESEA
03-10-2010, 02:41 PM
I carry an ACR PLB. Around $345+-. fits in my vest pocket.

dlevitt
03-10-2010, 06:59 PM
I just picked up an ACR PLB with GPS for $239 from Defender. They may still have a few left. When I ordered last Friday, they had less than 20... and I bought 2.


knotshore
03-10-2010, 07:32 PM
I just picked one of those ACR PLBs from Defender. Battery good till 2015.

Also fishing Stellwagen. I didn't have one last year but a couple hundred bucks will make me feel a lot better when I'm out there with friends and family this year.

Codfisher
03-11-2010, 05:26 AM
I thought I'd ask here for others opinions on Epribs for the typpe of fishing I do. Worth while or a bit overkill? Put much value in them if not venturing way off shore?


Every piece of safety equipment is worth its price in gold when the need arises no matter how far offshore you are. Spend the money.

PJJR
03-11-2010, 07:48 AM
Every piece of safety equipment is worth its price in gold when the need arises no matter how far offshore you are. Spend the money. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

You will feel much better too !

amarshall
03-11-2010, 08:02 AM
Which EPIRB is required for a 6 pack license?

Being lazy and not looking it up for myself.

Codfisher
03-11-2010, 09:37 AM
Which EPIRB is required for a 6 pack license?

Being lazy and not looking it up for myself.

In a nutshell, an Epirb is not required for for "Six-pack" vessels (Uninspected Passenger Vessels-UPVs-carrying 6 or fewer passengers for hire) if they are NOT selling their catch. If they ARE selling their catch they are subject to commercial fishing vessel safety regulations (epirb and other gear required)

CindyLou
03-11-2010, 11:16 AM
I just picked up an ACR PLB with GPS for $239 from Defender. They may still have a few left. When I ordered last Friday, they had less than 20... and I bought 2.

What model? I don't see one at Defender (or anywhere) for $239. They have ones that are $399 and $499 full price, and various sales at different sites....but I have not seen $239. Would like to pick one up.

knotshore
03-11-2010, 02:20 PM
What model? I don't see one at Defender (or anywhere) for $239. They have ones that are $399 and $499 full price, and various sales at different sites....but I have not seen $239. Would like to pick one up.

Probably sold out, i don't see it now but it was still available last night.

tmoutinho
03-11-2010, 03:20 PM
$275 for a 5 year battery- that is aout $54/yr- after all the expenses we go through for boating (including beer), $54/yr for safety would seem to be a small invenstment. You already bit the bullet on the epirb by buying it, why sell it?

Also, check the transmit battery time of the epirb vs. PLB, from what I remember, the EPIRB has them beat.

starrfish
03-11-2010, 03:33 PM
keep it, get the battery replaced. its THE cheapest insurance you already own.. commercial you need it, rec you dont.. but you already have it so-
and have everyone in the boat familiar with it and all other safety gear.

Hooper
03-12-2010, 06:40 AM
I replaced the antenna and battery recently and it was pricey, no doubt. But I rationalize it by asking myself what a transmitting EPIRB is worth when I'm 35 miles off Chatham and in the water. It's more than $400.00. Best money I could ever spend.

Mijoy2
03-12-2010, 08:50 AM
$275 for a 5 year battery- that is aout $54/yr- after all the expenses we go through for boating (including beer), $54/yr for safety would seem to be a small invenstment. You already bit the bullet on the epirb by buying it, why sell it?

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Good point.



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