Recently I wrote about EPIRBs and where they should be located on your boat.
However, there’s no point having an EPIRB unless it’s one of the 406 frequency beacons. Monitoring of the 121.5 MHz beacons will be discontinued worldwide from February 1, 2009. So it wouldn’t really matter where you put it if you didn’t have the right kind of EPIRB.
One of the key advantages of the new EPIRBs is that they have to be registered. When you have done this, you and your yacht will be immediately identified by the signal from your beacon, speeding up the search and rescue.
They are also more accurate in their location of a signal from a distressed yacht. Where the previous unit took two passes of the satellite to get a position, the new ones get a position from the first pass.
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