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While the elec­tronic alert­ing de­vices were very clever, we felt their lim­i­ta­tions were sig­nif­i­cant. The truth of the mat­ter is that we are for­ever miss­ing phone calls when sail­ing ei­ther be­cause we don’t hear the phone tucked away in our foulies or be­cause the bat­tery has died. Its ef­fec­tive­ness as an MOB alert­ing de­vice is there­fore open to ques­tion.

The AIS de­vice with DSC alert on the other hand was in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive, alert­ing not just your ves­sel but all those in the vicin­ity. If you can af­ford one, you will not re­gret it. When it came to find­ing the ca­su­alty, this same de­vice was again the clear win­ner. The Ex­po­sure torch and FLIR night scope were won­der­ful pieces of kit that we’d love to have on board – but re­al­is­ti­cally the low cost, high­ef­fec­tive­ness of Spin­lock’s Py­lon light and Lume-on make this the kit we’d go for first.

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