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Do I Need An FCC Ships Radio License Re A MMSI Number?

Do I Need An FCC Ships Radio License Re A MMSI Number?

FCC Station License/MMSI# Requirement by National Marine Electronics Association 846 Ritchie Highway, L4, Severna Park, MD USA 21146410-975-9425 info@nmea.org This notification only applies to US registered or documented vessels. If your vessel is NOT US registered or documented you must apply for...

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Do I Need An FCC Ships Radio License Re A MMSI Number?

Stop what you are doing and read this! It could save your life.

By Paul Barnard USCG A local boater lost his life yesterday and two more are lucky to be alive. I am still gathering details, but I know enough about that case and so many more to state this with authority. There are three things you MUST do immediately when you get that "OH BLEEP" feeling while...

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AIS/DSC “MOB1” Discussion

AIS/DSC “MOB1” Discussion

This is a review of what may have failed to activate an Ocean Signal MOB AIS/DSC device, resulting in the tragic loss of BRITT TAYLOR, 52, on passage from Puerto Rico to Annapolis, Maryland. The captain of the S/V SMALL WORLD IV, TONY NEWLING WARD, activated his EPIRB when he awakened at 0230 hrs...

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USCG and Widow of Missing Kayaker Team Up on Boating Safety

USCG and Widow of Missing Kayaker Team Up on Boating Safety

Paul Bernard, USCG Veteran and administrator of the Facebook Group, U.S. Coast Guard Heartland Safe Boating provides important information on boating safety. "This past week I went to Destin to work with a singularly incredible woman, Mrs. Judy Schink. In February her husband went for a quick...

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A Story of Survival and Safety Tips by A Coast Guard Veteran

A Story of Survival and Safety Tips by A Coast Guard Veteran

Lessons to Take Away Form This  Survival Story Story and Interview by Paul Bernard, USCG   *Operate with a layered safety strategy. *Fully plan and prepare for every trip, no matter how quick you think it may be. *Always file a float plan with a picture of the boat. *If you boat on or near...

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Small Boat Safety – USCG Rescues Stranded Boaters Texas

Small Boat Safety – USCG Rescues Stranded Boaters Texas

Coast Guard locates overdue boaters in Baffin Bay, Texas Editors' Note: Click on image to download . CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard located two overdue boaters in Baffin Bay, Texas, Saturday. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report from the Kleberg...

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Dinghy Security, Lock It Or Lose It!

Dinghy Security, Lock It Or Lose It!

  Previously published in the Caribbean Compass October 2017 and recently in the Facebook group Caribbean Navigator by Ken GoodingsMost everyone in the Caribbean cruising community knows someone who has suffered the theft of a dinghy and outboard motor. Even when you’re insured against such loss,...

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