Recreational boats sometimes travel far from land, perhaps for an offshore fishing trip or tournament, summer vacation, regatta or race.
That means safety measures need to be upped, and the best way to do that is to have a GPS-enabled EPIRB aboard the boat and PLBs attached to crewmembers, which both can instantly summon help and provide rescuers with precise location information.
However, fitting out a boat with these lifesaving rescue beacons can be expensive. To help fill the temporary need for onboard safety, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water now rents both GPS enabled EPIRBs for only $65 per week and PLBs for $45 a week (plus shipping). A new online ordering system at www.boatus.com/foundation/epirb makes reserving a beacon easy.