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"It was said earlier in this thread that a HAM is not permitted to talk on marine bands but the weather man I used (some forumites will know of Don Anderson) is clearly a HAM and we talked often and long about things weather and otherwise"
That is not correct. Forgive me if say it sounds like someone who is not a native English speaker made a translation error in telling you that, or simply chose their words badly.
A ham is not AUTHORIZED to communicate on Marine SSB bands. (Speaking for US FCC authorized hams operating in the US or elsewhere.) And, no one is authorized to communicate on Marine SSB bands unless they have a license, or they are operating under emergency conditions, where licenses are usually waived.
A ham certainly is PERMITTED to use a Marine SSB radio--if they have the appropriate Marine SSB license. Their ham license does not permit them to use the marine radio, except for certain emergency circumstances, when hams are essentially allowed (at least with a US FCC license and operating in the US) to do anything with anything in order to make essential emergency communications.
There's a big difference between being authorized, or permitted, or prohibited, by and among each licensed service.