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Old 06 July 2015, 11:50   #1
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coastal cruising, be prepared.

so, i'm getting ready to drop the rib in the drink soon up at whitby for my first foray in to coastal cruising.

looking at the equipment to have on board, so i have,

150nm automatic life jacket
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knife (rope round prop stuff, you never know)
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biggest fuel tank i can fit
water proofs
mobile phone (water proof with GPS)
change of clothes and towel in watertight tub

is a hand held VHF really needed if only 2 miles off shore plus do i need a VHF licence these days?

what else would people recommend as basic kit? bearing in mind it is only 3.4m long and i'm not gonna travel too far. just along the coast towards scarborough.

just want to be prepared and not go out like some of the tits i've seen in man made bath tubs.
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Old 06 July 2015, 11:53   #2
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is a hand held VHF really needed if only 2 miles off shore
Can you shout that loud? VHF for talking to other vessels nearby - No licence needed for emergency use.

Read this: What kit do you carry on your SIB?
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coastal cruising, be prepared.

First rule of going to sea, there's no such thing as "just". When setting out to sea, be prepared to stay there.

If you're launching at Whitby, take good heed of any advice from the guy in the marina office. Especially if there's any north or East in the wind, the entrance to the harbour can be an unforgiving place. People have died in the outer harbour at Whitby.
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Can you shout that loud? VHF for talking to other vessels nearby - No licence needed for emergency use.

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Bugger me, stuff on there i hadnt even contemplated. Looks like the credit cards gonna get another spanking. But like i said, id rather be prepared than not.
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First rule of going to sea, there's no such thing as "just". When setting out to sea, be prepared to stay there.

If you're launching at Whitby, take good heed of any advice from the guy in the marina office. Especially if there's any north or East in the wind, the entrance to the harbour can be an unforgiving place. People have died in the outer harbour at Whitby.
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I appreciate the heads up.
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I appreciate the heads up.

You're welcome, the slip is good for 3 hrs either side of HW, outside that & you're into thick mud. The beauty of Whitby is you can tie up on the pontoon & walk into town & wait for the tide.


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At least the bonus with a little boat is i only need 18" of water to retrieve it. Plus i carry a long rope in the car so i dont need to get the rear of the car onto any slipery weed or mud, hopefully.
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Can you shout that loud? VHF for talking to other vessels nearby - No licence needed for emergency use.

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For avoidance of doubt:

There are two things people call licences. One is a certificate of competency. This costs money. It's not required for an emergency - however if you are worried about licence I suspect people then don't make a call which might avoid a problem becoming an emergency...

The other is the ships radio licence. It's free from Ofcom Website. No reason not to have it. No one on here can think when they were ever asked for it (or to be honest to Cert of Competency) in the UK...


I'm currently at a location with rubbish mobile signal. I can have 5 bars of 2G 1 minute and then without moving drop to no signal. I'm about half a mile from a CG aerial. I know which will be used if something went wrong...
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