marine safety

AIS for Boaters: Part 1

This AIS transceiver not only broadcasts information about the vessel it’s installed on, but receives information about other AIS-equipped vessels as well. Note the various targets on the display, represented as circles with direction marks. Image courtesy of Furuno.

“When was the most scared you’ve ever been aboard a boat?” I get asked that question a lot, and every single time I remember a cold November evening … [Read more...]

VHF Radio Know-How Can Save Your Life

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Back in the day, a boat with a VHF radio on board had to have an FCC license, and anyone who used the radio was required to use the boat’s call sign … [Read more...]

VHF Radio Protocol

VHF Radio

The other day, while working my part-time launch-driver’s job, I got a call from a young child requesting a ride to shore from his family’s boat. The … [Read more...]



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