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Old 20-04-2011, 16:35   #16
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Re: VHF Emergency Procedures

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There used to be a CG station in Gloucester, and I haven't heard that it closed.
Wow, how did I miss that in my google search. It's still there. Thanks
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Old 20-04-2011, 16:40   #17
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Whilst you may well receive the CG transmissions on a hand held because they site ariels in good spots (like high up) they may not hear you at 25 miles with a hand held at 5 watts in the cockpit.

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We do have a 25 watt VHF in the cabin, but I am assuming worst case scenario. I have 4 weeks of sailing before our cruise, so I'll be sure to get plenty of practice in the harbor beforehand.
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Old 20-04-2011, 16:47   #18
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I also started my sailing career in a club in Boston Harbor. I have many fond memories of day trips to Marblehead in an Olsen 25. You should not worry about being out of radio range. There are Coast Guard stations in Boston and Gloucester, as well as Harbormasters in Nahant, Marblehead, Manchester, and Magnolia. Not to mention SeaTow. You should also have cell phone service the whole way as well, but in an emergency you should use the radio first.
Boston to Gloucester is easily done in a day, unless there is a Nor'easter, but if the wind is light you have plenty of other options, Marblehead, Salem, or Great Misery Island are fun places to visit. Good Luck and have fun.
Dude, too funny. We are sailing an Olson 25. Could be the same boat. Boston Sailing Center? Yes, I made a list of the hailing channels for all the harbor masters along the route.
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Re: VHF Emergency Procedures

Here’s an excellent overview of Marine VHF radio operation
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...Additionally, what is the procedure if one hears an emergency call from another vessel but does not hear a response from the coast guard?...
The correct procedure in that case is to issue a "MAYDAY RELAY" call.

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Mayday Relay, Mayday Relay, Mayday Relay,
all stations, all stations, all stations,

This is Zanshin, Zanshin, Zanshin MPHL5 MMSI 235039512

at 12:00UTC on 01 Jan 2011 following received from yacht "Oops" on channel 16
{relay mayday message as verbatim as possible}

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(Note if you have no call sign or MMSI don't put it into the message, if any place or boat names are difficult then you should spell them out using the ITU standards (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, etc.)
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Old 24-04-2011, 18:39   #21
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The correct procedure in that case is to issue a "MAYDAY RELAY" call.

for example:

Mayday Relay, Mayday Relay, Mayday Relay,
all stations, all stations, all stations,

This is Zanshin, Zanshin, Zanshin MPHL5 MMSI 235039512

at 12:00UTC on 01 Jan 2011 following received from yacht "Oops" on channel 16
{relay mayday message as verbatim as possible}

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Thanks Zanshin. Very helpful. I started to read over the guidelines but had not found a good example of a mayday relay call.

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Re: VHF Emergency Procedures

Just read a bit about the USCG's new VHF SAR system. 2011, 'Rescue 21 Has You Covered', Sail,May, p. 46.

The USCG's new Rescue 21 system, which is now operational from Maine to Massachusetts and beyond, is capable of receiving a 1watt signal from 2m off the water up to 20 miles of shore. In addition, all CG stations are now networked which allows the signal to be triangulated and the estimated location graphically displayed almost instantly. There is also a discussion on the serious consequences of using the distress button on a DSC VHF radio that has not been properly registered. The DSC signal cannot be triangulated, so if the radio is not registered and connected to a GPS it forces the CG to search the entire coverage area of the site receiving the signal.
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I have sailed that route many times and the CG will most likely hear you. They have some very high antennas along the coast, so their range is well more than 25 miles. Plus, there will almost always be several boats within visual range, in my experience. It is worth it to listen in if you do ever hear a MayDay as sometimes the CG can't hear for some reason. I have acted as relay a couple of times.
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