Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
But certainly in the UK a marina or bridge etc is not supposed to have the ability to transmit on non-authorised channels so they are supposed to get their fixed set programmed to only transmit on 37A or 80 etc, not 16. I've heard of places that have been challenged on it in the past...
Pretty sure they don't have fixed channel sets here. I.e. the sets aren't actually modified to ONLY transmit on authorized channels. For instance our private towing companies listen and sometimes respond on 16 all the time. Those companies are based at marinas so presumably have non-mobile station licenses to coordinate between the vessel needing a tow, the CG, and their marina home base. If you hail a marina on 16 here asking about a slip, at least some will answer on 16 and direct you to their authorized working channel (I know I did it once not knowing the marina's authorized channel). They weren't particularly upset and I doubt they were scolded for it.