Originally Posted by Nos4r2
Don't mess around with handheld VHF unless you're desperate. You may only be a couple of miles from shore but you can be 20 miles from the coastguard's radio mast at the same time...
Originally Posted by Jon Brooks
Nos4 is right about range and makes some very good points.
I would always recomend a fixed unit if you have room.
Whilst flares are good, you don't know if help is coming and the help can't ask you whats wrong until they are along side.
Spot on - go fixed. I'm fairly new to this as well. Did a lot of talking to people & ended up with an ICOM M421 fixed set and a Horizon HX270E handheld backup . I look at my handheld as a backup only - due to the short range.
I've backed my radio's up with a flare pack, individual strobes and torches. Don't forget your mobile. Might get a signal.
The boat is registered with the Coastguard, the radio is linked to the GPS for the DSC signal and if I put any more kit on I think its going to sink!
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