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  1. #1
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    Default Boat to boat comms

    We are doing a small trip in company and wondered what radio channel we could use for boat to boat comms?

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    I'm not trying to insult your intelligence, but wouldn't one of the main boat-to-boat channels be appropriate? So channels 6, 8, 72 or 77.

    More info here - https://www.offshoreblue.com/communications/vhf-uk.php

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    In Belgium and the Netherlands ch 77 is used for communication between yachts. Flotillas are a good example. Initial shout on 16, then move to 77.

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    Was just trying to see if there are any normal channels Yachting groups tend to use, 6 and 8 seem to be busy with wind cats

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    Depends what you mean by "in company". If your vessels are close together the low power channels 15 and 17 are useful.

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    Yes all should be close, within 3-4 nm

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    An alternative would be a group MMSI, but it might be hard to get all to agree or be equipped.
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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    For trips organised by the club, we use M1 for communication.

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    Quote Originally Posted by ProDave View Post
    For trips organised by the club, we use M1 for communication.
    That's not a great idea in busy areas, as it's one of the few channels that shore stations are licensed for, it's much in use by clubs and marinas.
    One hopes that all the users would have completed a VHF course and be aware that there is a fair choice of simplex inter-ship channels. 72 and 77 are favoured.

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    Default Re: Boat to boat comms

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    That's not a great idea in busy areas, as it's one of the few channels that shore stations are licensed for, it's much in use by clubs and marinas.
    One hopes that all the users would have completed a VHF course and be aware that there is a fair choice of simplex inter-ship channels. 72 and 77 are favoured.
    Yes that's right. We use M1 because the club is licenced for that as a shore station. I did say we use that for club events.

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