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I think you will find Coast Guard VHF coverage is very good on the coast
Originally Posted by zz4gta
So it would seem that way. I'm just hoping that people are busy with getting their boats ready (like I am) and don't have a lot of time to post. Bad santa is just up the river from me, if the numbers do drop off I pretty sure we'll both still be going. And I know of one other guy w/ a 30-ish foot hunter that just got back from BVI who will be going but doesn't post much.
On a brighter note, I looked into EPIRB rentals through Boat US and they're really reasonable. I'll have one on board for the trip.
As long as your are not more than 10 miles out coverage is seamless. Closer in, cell phone coverage is nearly seamless, with small gaps south of Watchapreague and OC. So, you're never really out of touch with the world.
Pasted from Blog:
Delaware Bay and Coast
US Coast Guard. For emergency and non-emergency information requests, including inlet channel conditions and controlling depth, the following contact numbers are preferred. Emergency calls should be on VHF channel 16, or if not possible, 911 via cell phone. *CG has been discontinued. The Chincoteague office should be contacted for channel conditions information throughout the Eastern Shore area.
Indian River, DE 302-227-2440 (primarily search and rescue)
Ocean City, MD 410-289-7457 (primarily search and rescue)
Chincoteague, VA 757-336-2874 (Group Eastern Shore Headquarters. Inlet and passage information)
Parramore Beach/Wachapreague 757-787-9526 (primarily search and rescue)
Cape Charles, VA 757-331-2000 (primarily search and rescue)
I was told that the primary reference is the Coast Pilot (see Appendix III) and that mariners are advised that it contains the most recent NOAA information.
Alternative information sources to obtain “local knowledge” from charter fleet:
Chincoteague. Contact Wayne Merit, Merit Harbor of Refuge @ 757-894-8240.
Wachapreague. Contact Captain Zeds Marina @ 757-787-4110.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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