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  1. #71
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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Personally I'd prefer to reasonably well funded coastguard..
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  2. #72
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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Grebe View Post
    Personally I'd prefer to reasonably well funded coastguard..
    You pay for it then. The Government quite rightly looks to reduce costs and featherbedding leisure boat owners is surely not a priority.
    If I'd wanted to live in a Banana Republic I'd have gone to South America.

  3. #73
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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pye_End View Post
    A spokesman continued: "HM Coastguard is also happy to receive radio checks from vessels if they wish to check their equipment before heading out to sea.

    https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkest...psized-193010/

    Perhaps sailors are more sensitive to this issue than the coast guard?
    ..and some are also apparently arrogant (stupid?) enough to think that they know better that the professionals.

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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elecglitch View Post
    ..and some are also apparently arrogant (stupid?) enough to think that they know better that the professionals.
    Quite. A simple glance at a site like https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...ry:50.3/zoom:7 shows the scale of shipping activity around. To imagine that someone is sat about in a Coastguard Radio Station all day competing to fill in lines in an empty logbook is frankly rather odd.

    To anyone who feels that part of their 'duty of care' of their crew is to confirm that their distress calling radio is functioning correctly, I would say 'fill yer boots'.

    To anyone who moans about people using a radio because it 'disturbs' them, I would politely suggest a less stressful hobby may be more suitable for them.

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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    To anyone who moans about people using a radio because it 'disturbs' them, I would politely suggest a less stressful hobby may be more suitable for them.
    (although I, of course, probably wouldn't do it politely)

  6. #76
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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elecglitch View Post
    ..and some are also apparently arrogant (stupid?) enough to think that they know better that the professionals.
    Professional what?
    If I'd wanted to live in a Banana Republic I'd have gone to South America.

  7. #77
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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    To anyone who moans about people using a radio because it 'disturbs' them, I would politely suggest a less stressful hobby may be more suitable for them.
    Or just turn the volume button anticlockwise until it goes click

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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Or just turn the volume button anticlockwise until it goes click
    Which defeats the whole point of having it. Don't forget that it's others that might pick up your Mayday.
    If I'd wanted to live in a Banana Republic I'd have gone to South America.

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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Or just turn the volume button anticlockwise until it goes click

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    Default Re: When guests on board Boost your ego, call Chnl 16 !?

    Quote Originally Posted by savageseadog View Post
    Which defeats the whole point of having it. Don't forget that it's others that might pick up your Mayday.
    See I agree with you. But on a busy w/e in the Solent the endless radio checks can become tiresome. That said for the reason you describe I sometime tun the set right down instead of off - I'm on AIS so there's nothing to stop the Coastguard pinging me and instructing as he/she so desires.

    Got just such a call from the French Coastguard this summer asking me to alter course slightly and keep an eye out for a kayak off Port Blanc. Sensible stuff.

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