Got an email from the marina yesterday, telling me the boat is back in the water, the repairs are complete, and oh, by the way, here’s what you owe us.

It was a significant number, but because we had done our homework pretty well and knew pretty much what to expect, seeing it didn’t stop my heart. Just made it shudder a little.

I have piles of stuff all through the house, and I’m just waiting on my rented GPIRB to get here from Boat US.

The boat has an EPIRB on board, but the battery is overdue for replacement, so I don’t want to depend on it in an emergency.

An EPIRB, for those who haven’t dealt with such things, is an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. If things start getting hairy while you are on the water, and all indications are that you may soon have nothing between your feet and the ocean floor but water, it’s time to activate the EPIRB.

An electronic signal is sent to a constellation of satellites circling the globe, and this signal tells the nice people who watch for such signals, that you are in some significant distress, it tells them with amazing specificity just where on the face of the earth you are, and the fact that you’ve activated your EPIRB clearly implies that you would very much appreciate it if someone could come out and pluck you from the water, pronto.

A GPIRB is sort of the next generation EPIRB. The acronym stands for Global Position Indicating Radio Beacon. Still to be used only in the event of a truly life or death emergency, the GPIRB, and the satellites that listen for its signal, are designed to use GPS technology to narrow the area that searchers must search, to an even narrower range than an EPIRB can provide.

When the Coast Guard boys and girls are looking for a couple spots the size of punkins bobbing in several thousand square miles of ocean, a smaller search area is a really good thing.

So..because we might make a couple of legs out in the ocean, I decided that having a bright shiny new GPIRB on board would be a good idea. Boat US has a program where you can rent them for less than $100 a week (as opposed to buying one for around a grand) so that seemed a no-brainer.

Once we get home, I’ll replace the battery in my EPIRB, and for the near-coastal cruising we’ll be doing from here, it will be fine.

Got my new anchor, and 40 feet of chain, and 200 feet of 3/4″ anchor rode. (No, I didn’t misspell rope…on a boat, you don’t have ropes…you have sheets, or lines, or rode. They all look suspiciously like rope, but…)
The rope-like thing that attaches to an anchor is called the anchor rode.

Going to rent a car next, then load all the stuff into it for the trip to Virginia.

Next post will be from somewhere on the ICW.

I hope.


About TwoCaptains

The TwoCaptains are Jim and Janet, both US Coast Guard licensed boat captains home-ported in Daytona Beach. We recently sold our 1990 Ocean Yachts 56' CPMY "Magic Carpet", and now we're in the hunt for a replacement.
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