How to report an incident
To request our services, fill out the secure form on this page. While you may not have all the information in the form, providing as much as you can will help.
We will contact you to verify and move forward with your request. We speak English, but can translate your request if necessary. Do not put credit card numbers, banking information or other sensitive information on this form. If for some reason it is necessary, we will talk to you by phone.
You may also contact us by Phone or Email.
Information we need:
- Name of the person submitting the Boat Watch
- Primary, and, if available, Secondary Phone Number as well as your Email Address
- Is this request for a Missing, Overdue or Stolen Boat or is this for an Urgent Message?
- What is the name of the vessel? Is it a sailing or motor vessel?
- Can you give us the size of the vessel?
- What is the hailing port or country of registration?
- What is the reason for this report? (example: serious illness or death in the family; vessel is long overdue, or family is concerned why no word in a long time, etc.).
- If possible, a photo of the vessel and the person(s) onboard will be most helpful
What We Do When You Submit a Boat Watch
These are the 8 things that happen right away when you submit a Boat Watch:
- The Maritime Mobile Service Network uses Boatwatch.org to broadcast BOLOS (Be On The Lookout) for missing and overdue vessels world-wide. This popular network is operational every day from 12:00pm until 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time (12:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Daylight Time,) on the 20 meter Global Emergency Center Of Activity frequency of 14.300 MHz as outlined by the International Radio Union.
- The Seven Seas Cruising Association HF Radio Service KPK broadcasts the BOLO every morning at 0715 Eastern Standard Time (0815 Eastern Daylight Time) on SSB Frequency 8.104 from our powerful SSB Coastal Station in SW Florida. Coverage is from Nova Scotia to South America and over to Europe.
- The Waterway Radio & Cruising Club Amateur Radio Net, which has been servicing amateur radio enthusiasts on boats for over 50 years, repeats BOLOS found on Boatwatch.org daily. They are on daily at 0745 hrs Eastern Time on 7.268 LSB.
- The Cruiseheimers Net at 0830 Eastern Time on frequency 8.152 repeats the BOLOS from Boatwatch.org.
- The Doo Dah Net at 1700 hrs Eastern Time on frequency 8.152 repeats BOLOS from Boatwatch.org.
- The Marine Weather Center, hosted by popular weather forecaster Chris Parker often repeats active Boat Watches from Boatwatch.org during his daily morning SSB weather forecasts.
- Boatwatch.org also maintains an active Facebook Group called Boat Watch with all active Boat Watches along with photos and up to date information with comments from the public.
- The Cruisers Network Online, with approximately 1500 members world-wide, receive a copy of the BOLO.
Although many of our Boat Watches come from the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers, all vessels, family, and friends are welcome to participate in Boatwatch.org by contacting us or filing a report.
Boatwatch.org is an all-volunteer organization and free of charge.