Author: JoseGuzman (---.87.103.76.netdial.caribe.net)
Date: 03-10-05 15:11
If you get to rent a boat, do not settle for anything less than a VHF radio, celular phones do not work good, or anything at all while at sea.
Ask for VHF radio with a good antena, call signs and procedures, they may help save your life.
Anybody can ask for a VHF radio check with VI radio on channel 85, or even 16. Wait for an answer, if an answer is not received after two tries, wait 5 minutes and repeat you call.
Example VI radio, VI radio, VI radio, THIS IS " YOUR NAME or VESEL REG. ID " RADIO CHECK PLEASE...
When answered say ... THANKs THIS IS " YOUR NAME / VESSEL NAME " and STAND BY ON CHANNEL 16 or 85.
Also ask for a set of Flare gun with not expired set of at least three flares.
A first aid kit, with aspirin, acetaminofen, BENADRYL, SUN BLOCK, GAUZES, Band/Aid, a cooler with ice, water, insect repellant, and very important... an all around white light, or a flash light, as they may be of great importance should any emergency occur.
SMOKE, LOUD SOUNDS of more than 4 blasts AT TWO OR THREE MINUTES INERVALS, A FLAG HOISTED BACKWARDS, HANDS WAVING, RED FLARES, A SUN SHINNING OBJECT, are indication of distress.
I might be willing to post more on security as long as these are needed.