Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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I do not usually monitor Channel 16 and I know others that do not either.
I really have no worthwhile excuse. Our radio is mounted in the salon/nav table area with speaker pointed away from companion way. Hearing it from the cockpit is difficult even with the sound volume up. When I did monitor, every weekend it was like listening to a sports call in radio show. Inane garble every minute. Someone looking for a mooring, some one looking for fuel dock, slip, some one looking for the harbor entrance, boat XYZ, etc.
This year one of my batteries wasn't charging well so I had only one for engine start. It was so bad, that we typically didn't use GPS or wind/depth instruments in order to save power on longer sails for engine restart.
I do have a handheld and could monitor with that, but that could only be useful in the cockpit. However, the problem with the inane chat would still exist and one of the reasons I like sailing is the quiet.
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