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OutrageMan posted 04-22-2008 10:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for OutrageMan   Send Email to OutrageMan  
For the past few years, I have carried an EPIRB when boating, and even on extended motorcycle trips. The big problem wiht them is that they are very expensive. Also their use is limited to calling for serious help.

For my birthday, my wife bought me a Spot Satellite Messenger System.

http://www.findmespot.com/Home.aspx

While not the horsepower of an EPRIB, this unit will not only call for emergency help, but non-emergency help (from a list of contacts you provide), sen "I'm OK messages with your coordinates superimposed on Google Maps (again to a list you give), and do automated 10 minute tracking of your progress.

On top of it, not only is is waterproof, it floats!

I don't sell these, etc.

Brian

Buckda posted 04-22-2008 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I saw this in West Marine last weekend. $149 plus an annual subscription ($100, I believe).

Sounds like a great idea.

OutrageMan posted 04-22-2008 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
$100/yr is the basic service (both emergency and non-emergency help, and OK messages). It's an extra $149 if you want the tracking service.

They also offer $8 annual insurance that covers the cost of a major SAR job (I think there is a $40k cap).

Brian

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