If paddling in a less remote area then there are other options such as calling on VHF or even a cell phone. Sometimes you want a more measured response such as a knowledgeable friend could provide. Sometimes the goal is just to let the spouse know weather has delayed you a day or so. For some trips I'd want nothing less than a good 406 PLB but for others that's overkill and lacking in more handy features.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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