If your vessel has an EPIRB, you’re not alone in an emergency. Distress signals can be received and acted upon within minutes, typically taking less than an hour for your position to be known to within 3 miles. That’s almost a miracle for a $500 purchase.
In days of yore, navigators expended great energy and effort attempting to establish their position. When they finally did, it was often with great doubt.
As boaters, we can stay out of harm’s way by gaining a better understanding of commercial ships.