Epirb or Spot?
OK, just thinking...welcome your responses.
Since I live in Blenheim and heaps of punters pass through heading south, even top o' the south lads doing moles / rainbow loop, would you prefer to have an EPIRB or Spot locator or are you happy with just the old Nokia in the jacket pocket?
Me personally, if I had an Epirb I would take it everywhere I rode (almost) cos I ride alone a lot. If I could afford it I would perhaps prefer a Spot cos it lets you send other messages apart from creating a SAR callout. Keep wifey happy, but I guess my thinking is you can leave route info and arrange check-ins to get around that, it just takes more discipline.
I guess at the end of the day if I'm laying on the ground broken and no one can hear me snivelling into my helmet I would like to see a chopper over me ASAP, so maybe a PLB is best.
So I's thinking if enough people thought the same I might look at buyng me a device that other riders could take loan of if a rider needed one. I just know that some places online charge a fair bit to hire one, most (all?) have minimum periods of a week etc etc. Not looking to make anything significant, but I figure it could be done cheaper within the forum here.
Thoughts? Like to me ~$20 for a weekend (split that between say 4 riders makes it cheap assurance), no minimum hire or anything, ~$40-50 a 7 day week. Would be bukku cheaper than somewhere like: http://www.safetyatsea.co.nz/epirb_hire.asp . Could courier to a rider / courier back when done etc, so you wouldn't need to pass through Blenheim necessarily.
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