I know that a personal locator beacon costs more than the life jacket, but personally I think they should be built in. On my own life vest (yes, I carry one with me from boat to boat) I have a personal locator beacon tied into the top right pocket. It is registered, checked and ready to go. An accoutrement too far? I don’t think so. The Coast Guard only finds 40 percent of people who fall overboard offshore. That’s four out of ten. You can beat those odds by spending less than 300 measly dollars. If you don’t do it, then you’re going to end up floating around out there with this blog post stuck in your head, beating yourself up for not listening to me. Hopefully, you at least bought the flashlight, because you may be in for a long night.