Cheapest EPIRB worth having?

Discussion in 'OnBoard Electronics & Controls' started by Tim.M, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. Tim.M
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    Tim.M Junior Member

    As you can tell from my other posts recently, I haven't bought electronics in over 5 years now and am hopelessly out of date.

    What is the cheapest EPIRB that is worth having?
    Is something like this: effective in an emergency?

    This personal EPIRB sells for around $350.

    The next step up in pricing is a category II epirb like
    (does this offer any benefit? both transmit with 2 watts of power though antennas are different)

    For $425 there is the personal EPIRB with GPS built in which sounds advantageous. (the other can be hooked to a gps for location transmission, but in an emergency that could fail.)

    I know I should avoid the 121.5 mhz EPIRBs still being sold as that is being discontinued so I'm only looking at the newer 406 mhz EPIRBs.

    What is the difference between a "personal", a "category 1" and a "category 2" EPIRB?
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