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Old 03 July 2007, 17:47   #1
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Quick Reference Card VHF and Navigation

Guys I have put together an A4 sized quick reference guide consisting of two word documents that can be printed on the front and back of a single piece of paper that can then be laminated and kept on the boat.

On one side is VHF info including : Basic channel usage, coastguard MMSI numbers, the phonetic alphabet and also example Mayday, PanPan and Securite messages.

On the other side is navigation buoys, chart symbols and finally a selection of four commonly used knots.

I found the card really useful whilst I was (and still am) learning as if I needed a reminder I knew I could refer back to the card.

I have shamelessly copied the pics and illustrations from various books so don't feel that I can post the documents in an open forum, however if anyone is interested then PM me your email and I will send them to you.


Chris Stevens

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Old 03 July 2007, 17:59   #2
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Hi Chris
Great idea. You do not need to worry about putting the docs. on a public forum as all that info. is already in the public domain.
Cheers T.

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Old 03 July 2007, 18:14   #3
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Hi Chris,

I have something similar on my boat. But normally it doesn't see the light of day as I have trouble doing anything else when I'm driving it. But my thinking is it could be handy for an off day.

With regards the Mayday call, I recently picked up a couple of stickers that were inside a RYA pamphlet. On two small sheets, approx 2.5 inch X 4 inch are the instructions for a voice and DSC Mayday call. These I have stuck on the console near the VHF.

I certainly don't want to get tongue tied if I need to issue a Mayday so a crib sheet is an excellent idea.

Regards Nick R.
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