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Old 26 January 2009, 14:47   #1
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hi everyone, does anyone think i need a hand held radio as i generally only go out to sea no more than half a mile. i normally skirt the coast... i have a mobile with me when i am out but i am not sure this is best. any advice appreciated.
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Old 26 January 2009, 15:02   #2
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hi there. I would recommend a small handheld vhf and if you can get if you get a waterproof one even better.

mobiles do work very well for the range you are talking but not when wet which is even more likely to happen in a smaller vessel.

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Old 26 January 2009, 15:13   #3
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I'd second the handheld idea. A mobile is almost guaranteed to pack up when you need it & you need to get through to people for them to listen . A handhled on Ch16 will make itself heard immidiately to most ,& most importantly the local coastguard .

I've just got a new std horizon 270 - very good waterproof & can fit your pocket - stick a 'waterbouy' key ring on it & it floats & flashes too !
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Old 26 January 2009, 15:57   #4
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If youre going to use a radio for emergency use only, then you don't need a licence.

They will work further out to sea if your engine fails and the wind blows further out

Lifeboats are all equipped with VHF direction finding equipment that can home in on the signal in poor visibility

They are normally waterproof, so if you take a swim, it will continue to work.

Since they only cost about 70, it seems silly not to have one, even on the smallest of boats.
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As others have said for what they cost - get one. It just might save your life.

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i would always recomend taking a handheld along ,dont forget with a mobile you are only speaking to one person ,with a vhf your speaking to who ever is listning as long as they are in range ,it also depends where you are on the coast flat beaches or with very high cliffs at least the signal will be put out to sea so that other boaters in your near area are likely to hear you and come to your aid unlike the mobile which is land based, plus you can listen out for shipping movements ,weather warnings ect ,but dont forget that you still need the free vhf transportable licence from ofcom even if only using it for emergencys, as well as the certificate of comp if you want to speak to other vessles .if you are only using it for emergencys at least get to know how to put out a proper mayday with the correct postision ect ,regards mart
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Over here you get your name in the local paper if you get towed in etc and you used a mobile instead of a vhf! Buy one!!
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I'm not sure I'd bother with the Waterbuoy on a handheld-I'd get a decent lanyard instead and keep it clipped to you or buy a floating handheld.
Given the time they took to inflate on Dragons Den,by the time a Waterbuoy has inflated it'll be way past the rated waterproof depth for the radio.
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hi there. I would recommend a small handheld vhf and if you can get if you get a waterproof one even better.

mobiles do work very well for the range you are talking but not when wet which is even more likely to happen in a smaller vessel.

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Depends where the mobile mast is. Been too close to cliffs will stop the signal from getting to you.
Like someone else has said depends on the coast.
For what a handheld costs I think your best off getting one. You'll also be able to hear if anyone else is in trouble!
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Don't forget to put your mobile phone in a small zip lock freezer bag!!!

There are only a few areas where mobile phone signal is lost but the same can go for VHF.
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