Originally Posted by greenb
Right guys thanks for your helpfull comments I understand now sort of,but why do I need a licence by law just so I can talk with my mate when we are out at sea,is that not a little bit over the top
Just like "why do I need a licence by law just so I can drive my car down the road with my mate when we get past the end of he drive, bit over the top".
Which side of the road do you drive on? Rights of way? Traffic lights etc
For someone in your position who I guess hasn't had much maritime experience, having never heard people use VHF, the course and licence is a must.
It'd be like driving on the road having never even seen others use it.
Without the course/knowing the rules of operation you would very quickly end up on the wrong end of the coastguard and other users!! Never mind potentially blocking emergency calls from people in distress.