VHF Radio is recommended by U. S. Coast Guard when boating.
- Channel 28: Seatow Automated Radio Check
- Channel 09: (156.45 MHZ) the recreational boat-calling channel in the U. S. C. G. District 1 (New England to New Jersey)
- Channel 16: to be used for distress calls only
- Channel 13: (low power): tune to when approaching a movable bridge
- Channel 13: use to connect commerical vessels
- Cellular Phone: is not a sufficient substitute for marine VHF radio, but it can be used as a supplemental safety measure
Boater Operation Checklist
- File a Float Plan
- Full Fuel Tank
- Working Lights & Horn
- Boat Plug In
- DeWatering Device
All Required Safety Gear
- Personal Flotation Devices
- Fire Extinguishers
- Visual Distress Signals
- Sound Producing Device
- Anchors & Line
- Alternative Propulsion
- Check Fuel Lines & Tank for Leaks
- Check Weather Conditions
- Navigation Lights
- All Gear & Supplies Properly Stowed
- Propeller Clean
- Passengers Seated & Briefed
- Drinking Water
During Hurricane Season all boaters should take proper precautionary measures to preapre their vessel.
- Check your insurance policy, make sure you have proper coverage.
- Check that all dock lines are in good condition, adequate size and tied properly. Have extra lines accessible.
- Stow away all loose items on topside and cockpit area; cushions, flags, fenders, etc.…
- Disconnect & store water hoses and electric cords
- Remove & store canvas, bimini tops, enclosures
- Sailboats; remove sails, remove or fold down dodgers
- Remove & store all tenders
- Check bilge, pumps, batteries and charging systems, make sure they are all in good working order.