I'm a ham. For one thing, you have to have the necessary safety equipment
that the law requires you to have. That means a radio that the goverment people encharged with the inspecting of your vessle know, and have listed in their books
No, there is not an "adaptor" for adding marine
VHF to a ham radio, and NO, ham 144mhz, or 2 meters, is not marine
band VHF and the antennas are not interchangable either. No, 2 way radio manufacturers do not invest money
into designing radios that are illegal for use. No, I really don't have any interest in tying up your channels with my chatter, I have over 5 million different channels to make a total mess of and I wont get to yours until the end of next week.
If you guys would like to listen to the ham radio chat, you'll find that we have so many different channels and modes that what the law actually does is provide us with a convient raod map which we use to find each other.
Personally, I prefer to drive one of those old fuel
injected, dual exaust, classic corvettes, and quite hopped up from there, which also never had any of those new fangled catalytic converters installed on it. And yes, it has the rag top and two tone leather, but no AC. I keep it installed in my living room, some day the matress tag police might come to take a look, just to see if I really am the horribly dangerious driver that they heard of, at which point they will find that my matress tags are factory fresh. They arent liscened to police my safety equipment
other than the factory installed speedometer, hence I've never invested into any more than that one.
Worry about driving the boat, captain