It pays to keep someone who you are familiar with (family member, etc) ashore informed of:
- When and where we are leaving from.
- Where we are travelling to.
- Estimated date of arrival.
- A picture of the boat.
- How many people you are travelling with.
- Information about the EPIRBs as mentioned below, as well as our radios and call signs.
- URL of this page which I will update with our route plan immediately before we leave.
I always have a shore contact alerted to the route plan, planned arrival date, EPIRB details, etc, but it does not hurt to have your own.
Chiara Stella has pretty much every piece of electronic gadgetry known to man -- in addition to the EPIRB and my PLB (personal locator beacon), all of which alert the rescue authorities via satellite if there is a serious problem, we have VHF and HF radios, 3 separate GPS systems, navigation system, radar, depth sounder, wind gauge, water temperature gauge, speed through water and speed over ground, etc. It's unlikely we would be lost at sea without something going off that would alert the authorities.