Good point! You should consider a PLB. If your GPIRB (EPIRB with internal GPS) goes off, the CG would be expecting to find your boat. There could be some confusion but if the location came up 40 miles offshore, I'm sure they would launch first, ask questions later. Once a helo is up it can home on the signal. Resident expert Capt Scott will weigh in soon.Simple said:epirps are registered to boats.
PLB (personal locator becons) are registered to people and can be taken from boat to boat.
The main difference I can tell between PLB's and EPIRB's is that an EPIRB has a 48 hour batterey compaired to PLB's 24 hour battery life.
In a nut shell...As far as GPS models, they are more accurate and from what people say can be responded to faster since the coast gaurd can get an exact position. They are also better if you are out of country. With nonGPS models, the satelitte needs to pass by twice inorder to get a heading and then the CG will respond. I'm not sure what the responce time is.
I fish mainly inshore on a small CC and went with a nonGPS PLB.