Great info about sets and rigs. I have my technician and working on my general to get access to the HF bands. The question I have is do I still need a Ships Station License and Restricted Radio Operators Permit? I could see having to have the SSL but if I already have the FCC part 97 license why would I need a RROP?
If all you are going to do is transmit on the HF bands, then you don't need the RROP or ship license. However, you won't be able to transmit on the Marine SSB bands.