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Re: Finally sailed the Detroit River off Belle Isle
Correct on VHF, your basic marine radio. Handheld one will work for you, not too expensive. Let's say it goes flat-ass calm and you want to make sure that big lake ore carrier, squinting into the sun or into fog, sees you? Your radio just paid for itself. And also has the marine NOAA weather channel.
Channel 16 is the "distress and calling frequency", if you ever had to call a Mayday or relay one for someone else. Also for initially calling another vessel then switching to another channel for the conversation so as to leave 16 clear for distress calls.
Cell phone just for general comms or reassuring someone ashore in case you stay out late. Also for weather radar and other web stuff, you're a singlehander so having comms is a good hole card, just in case.
Last edited by nolatom; 07-16-2014 at 11:35 AM.