Actually, he was only banned for a week or two. He's back. As mentioned above, there are two threads going on this subject. The first one was locked after a few guys went supernova on Doug. The following thread is the current discussion that he is involved in:
You'll see the link to the original, locked thread in that first post (the "S/V Triumph lost in the atlantic" thread). I started this new thread to discuss the more general issues surrounding AMVER rescue and move the focus away from the S/V Triumph incident itself. But, as threads tend to do, it has come back to that incident. And that's okay by me...though I certainly don't agree with his view of things, it's just another viewpoint to discuss.
In the mean time, I'll continue to learn about this - and work to get some training into the Safety At Sea curriculum if possible. As you can see, there's a lot of ignorance about what it really takes to get from a boat to a ship in rough conditions.
At the end of the day, you're right. EPIRBs are much easier to use than a bucket. And that's a problem...that doesn't have a simple solution.