Where I live one needs a "Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime)
" to legally talk on the VHF. Part of that course is the phonetic alphabet.
So, in theory anyway
, there might be someone on board who has at least heard of it and knew it enough to pass the practical verbal part of the exam.
And I agree that your CG (and ours) are the best out there!
We also often are cruising in the Bay of Fundy and we have "Fundy Traffic
" - sort of like air traffic control for the water. We always
contact them when entering their areas, we call in at the checkpoints and we close out when we pass through. They are a delight, they don't want to chat - just want to know where you are and warn you of anything you might need to know around you.
One time, about five minutes after securing our boat to the wharf at Market Slip we got a very polite call reminding us to call them when we were secure.
I thanked them just as politely.