At this time I see a few different options:
1) just leave the handheld programmed for my skiff & risk sending the coast guard inaccurate vessel information in the event that an emergency
signal needs to be sent. This option is quite unpalatable to me. Just about the last thing that I want to do is tell the coasties to go & look for the wrong boat in a genuine emergency
2) have the radio blanked at the service center, wait 3-4 weeks to get it back & then enter an ID number that is registered to my life jacket. This seems less offensive than having an ID number for the wrong boat, but it may rub some people the wrong way & perhaps someone in a position of authority may interpret this as me being offensive. This option is also unpalatable to me. I don't want to irritate the coast guard in any way & it would be helpful to a rescue
crew to know more about what they are looking for than just "a guy in a life jacket".
3) buy another radio. This would be a reasonable option if I were only ever going to switch between 2 boats, but the reality is that I end up on a lot of different boats & I would like to have my radio with me in many situations. I don't think that it is realistic for me to go & buy a new $250 DSC handheld every time I race
on a new boat or do a delivery
, just so that I can be able to put in the correct ID number for the vessel that I am on that day.
4) go without my radio on any boat other than the one that my handheld is registered to. This seems like the most counterproductive option possible.
5) look around for more information on my current
radio. This seems like my best current option. Unfortunately, it's just a roll of the dice.
6) find a radio that allows the user to change the ID number at will. This would be my favorite option if it seemed more likely than winning the lottery, but from what I am hearing so far, the lottery may be an easier option.
Thank you to everyone who has responded so far. The information has been very helpful to me. It's improved my understanding of the situation that I am in.