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05-22-2008 07:27 PM
bubb2 You are right Dog, She is Italian and and her family is from Sicily to boot!! They know people!!!!
05-22-2008 07:19 PM
sailingdog If bubb's wife reads this...he'll be sleeping with the fishes...
05-22-2008 07:08 PM
Originally Posted by vabuckeye View Post
Its a pan-pan if the wife goes overboard.

if she just damaged your boat at the ramp or told you have had enuff beer, then it is a Securité. Informational purposes only. Unless the wife has the car keys, then react accordingly.

Lol I needed that chuckle, thanks
05-22-2008 07:04 PM
vabuckeye Its a pan-pan if the wife goes overboard.

if she just damaged your boat at the ramp or told you have had enuff beer, then it is a Securité. Informational purposes only. Unless the wife has the car keys, then react accordingly.
05-22-2008 06:54 PM
bubb2 Its a pan-pan if the wife goes overboard. Its a mayday if I go overboard!
05-22-2008 06:30 PM
sailingdog Actually, to clarify what Cam wrote:

Securité calls are informational only. Like reporting a floating log, shipping container, or such. Also, often used to warn when a large ship is about to transit a narrow passage or opening.

Pan Pan calls are informational and generally indicate a danger but not necessarily any immediate threat to life or the boat. A broken arm, a small fire on board, taking on water, the boat dragging or loss of engine power, are all examples of a Pan Pan type call. Generally, they may ask boats to stand by to render assistance if the situation worsens.

MayDay calls are emergency calls. These should only be made if there is an immediate threat to life. The vessel does not have to be in distress. Heart attacks, boat sinking, boat completely engulfed in flames, etc... Pan Pan calls can often escalate into MayDay calls. Galley fire that spreads, loss of engine leading to the boat dragging on rocks in heavy weather, boat sinking because bilge pumps can't keep up with water coming aboard, etc.
05-22-2008 05:52 PM
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Stick an alarm clock and some highway flares in their cockpit, wrapped up with duct tape. Call Homeland Security and sell the video the Evening Nooze, those boats will be GONE FAST.< G >

LAMO! VERY VERY funny (and sadly true)
05-22-2008 05:42 PM
camaraderie As I recall...Pan Pan has NOTHING to do with medical emergencies per is simply a "vessel in distress-- pls. send help call" but without the immediate threat of a Mayday to life and limb. As in..."Pan Pan...I'm hard aground but taking on no water...can someone give me a tow or call BoatUS?"
Mayday is for immediate threat to boat or a heart attack could be a Mayday call...while a broken arm might be a PanPan.
05-22-2008 05:33 PM
CharlieCobra I was wondering why this thread came back to life, now I know.
05-22-2008 05:15 PM
Boasun There are three levels of concern on the Radio.
1. Mayday, Your vessel is in distress
2. Pan Pan Pan, You have a medical emergency on board.
3. Securite securite securite, Reporting a navigation hazard
All else is general traffic.

The above is my general understanding of the radio usage. If you feel otherwise check your VHF operation's Manual on Radio procedures.
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