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01-22-2012 05:36 AM
Irunbird We always do, too- except while racing.
01-22-2012 03:36 AM
Originally Posted by WDSchock View Post
Racing - No, usually monitor RC
Coastal cruising - always
When racing, I use tri watch. CG 16,22 and RC. If I get in trouble, I'm going straight to 16. Hopefully, other racers are monitoring.
01-20-2012 09:42 PM
WDS123 Racing - No, usually monitor RC

Coastal cruising - always
01-20-2012 06:31 PM
2Gringos We have a VHF in our home office, which puts the antenna over 70 ft. above sea level. This gives us essentially the best civilian radio on the island for VHF range. We have communicated with sailboats to around 50 miles radius, and can communicate with aircraft much further. We hear USCG in the Andros area and south of there often.

We've met quite a few cruisers passing through Providenciales because of our VHF.
01-20-2012 05:38 PM
Captain Jon
Vhf 16

I always monitor VHF 16 while underway (recreational coastal and offshore cruising). Have assisted other boaters and USCG with locating vessels in distress a number of times. Also helpful in knowing what info is needed if you do need help.
01-01-2012 12:26 PM
No happy! Let's go sailing!

I was looking at a project boat for sale the other day. The owner was a newbie who had only owned the boat about 4 months and had decided the most important project (rotten bulkheads at the chain plates) was more than he wanted to tackle. He never had the boat out of the water, much less a survey performed (so who knows what lurks beneath!). He told me that he had sailed the boat once, during Fleet Week. He assured me; "She sails real nice!".
I asked him what an instrument was with a cover on it. He didn't know and pulled the cover off. It was the VHF. I said "obviously, you don't know if it works?" He replied "no". I said...."so you didn't have it on when you went out?". He said "no...should I have?"
Let's review: A novice, sailing a neglected 30 foot boat in the SF Bay. He doesn't even know he has a VHF radio (much less how to use it!). What could possibly go wrong?
01-01-2012 07:20 AM
Rockter When I remember to switch it on, I stand-by on 16.
From reading this thread, I will be more dutiful this year.
12-31-2011 07:17 PM
Capt Len If the chatter gets so bad you turn off or tune out you miss everything. A DSC unit at least monitors emergency calls and alarms catches your attention. It will also give out your GPS position if you call Mayday and push the button.Could be helpful.
12-31-2011 07:05 PM

Usually on scan with 16 and 68 plus a couple of others.
12-31-2011 06:47 PM
smallboatlover since now i just got a handheld vhf in the summer while sailing it will be on and on channel 16 at all times. I'm also do harbor patrol so i wouldn't mind giving a helping hand anyways if some one needs it i can easily sail and help some one. or motor.
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