Per­sonal Lo­ca­tor Bea­con (PLB)

Yachting Monthly - - TECHNICAL -

At around the £200 mark, why would any off­shore sailor not want to carry a PLB on them when sailing? A mod­ern PLB is light and com­pact so it will tuck eas­ily into a jacket or life­jacket pocket. Re­mem­ber that a PLB does not ac­ti­vate au­to­mat­i­cally – un­like an EPIRB or AIS bea­con, it must be trig­gered man­u­ally. This is a de­sign fea­ture in­tended to stop them be­ing set off ac­ci­den­tally – es­pe­cially as low­er­ing cost makes them more pop­u­lar. A PLB will send an im­me­di­ate dis­tress sig­nal and your po­si­tion to the res­cue au­thor­i­ties via the near­est satel­lite and is prob­a­bly one of the most re­li­able items of safety kit avail­able.

A com­fort­able life­jacket for the lively con­di­tions, and a pocket knife

A head­torch is prac­ti­cal and helps in an MOB sit­u­a­tion

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