Originally Posted by Paul
I was thinking about a radio check but on my VHF course I was told that the coastguard were not too keen on such calls in the "real world."
That probably depends where you are and where you're going. A busy weekend in the Solent and I should think they get pretty fed up with incessant radio checks from boats that only need to wave at another one to get assistance.
Equally, if you're in a remote area, you can always post a passage plan with the coastguard before you go and let them know when you return (and DO let them know!)