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The Importance Of A Float Plan

The Importance Of A Float Plan

This is what Boatwatch.org is all about: Assisting friends, family, and Search & Rescue Agencies locate overdue and missing vessels. And, this demonstrates the necessity of having a Float Plan filed with a friend familiar with you and your boat. In this particular case, the SV BONOBO, filed a...

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PLB Saves Six Mariners Off Cape Henry

PLB Saves Six Mariners Off Cape Henry

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued six mariners after their vessel capsized in adverse weather 16 miles east of Cape Henry Sunday afternoon. Watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center received an alert that a personal locator beacon was activated and began to call the beacon's...

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Multiple Means Of Communication For Passages

Multiple Means Of Communication For Passages

This is plea to bluewater cruisers. Please have multiple means of long distance two way communications on your vessel. The most common and efficient is a SSB radio and a Garmin In-Reach. I have no financial interest in any product, but I can tell you that both devices can save your life. The...

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Watch The Resurgence Of Amateur Radio – A Silver Lining Of COVID-19

July 20, 2020 by gCaptain Today’s Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) regulations requires that every ship carry old-school HF radiotelephone and radiotelex equipment but, traditional radio is rarely used aboard ship. The problem is twofold. Today’s satellites are more convenient...

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New GPS EPIRBS And PLB’s Explained

New GPS EPIRBS And PLB’s Explained

Safety Tips from the United States Coast Guard Advancements in Boating Rescue Technology New developments expand the capabilities of EPIRBs and PLBs. By Vincent Daniello February 15, 2012 There is no 911 at sea. The premise that boaters must be self-reliant has guided emergency preparedness at sea...

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Problems In The Emergency Beacon Network

Problems In The Emergency Beacon Network

Ocean Navigator Magazine JULY/AUGUST 2020 MARINE TECH NOTES Problems in the emergency beacon network BY TIM QUEENEY When voyagers purchase and register an EPIRB, they have a reasonable expectation that should they activate the beacon, the Sarsat system will swing into gear and rescue them. And in...

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SSCA TRANSATLANTIC CRUISERS NET WILL RESUME OPERATION MAY 4, 2020

SSCA TRANSATLANTIC CRUISERS NET WILL RESUME OPERATION MAY 4, 2020

SSCA TRANSATLANTIC CRUISERS NET WILL RESUME OPERATION 04 MAY 2020 Commencing 04 May at 2100 hrs. UTC or 1700 hrs. Eastern Time, four U.S. based FCC Coastal Maritime Stations will resume operation of the SSCA Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net.   As last year, which we found to work out very well, we...

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How do the U.S. Coast Guard, SeaTow and Vessel Assist respond to distress calls?

Under what circumstances will the Coast Guard respond to a call rather than deferring to a commercial service? And, does the U.S. Coast Guard ever charge a fee for responding to a distress call? Coast Guard fees are established by federal statute. For the most part these fees are limited to documentation services, vessel inspection and mariner licensing. However, it does not charge a fee to render assistance to a vessel at sea.

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