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towboater posted 05-22-2007 09:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for towboater   Send Email to towboater  
Lil test.
Which one of the following is the most important Navigation asset for Recreational Boaters?

A. VHF Radio
B. Radar
C. Horn
E. Sounder
F. red & green side lights
G. Flashlight

answer forthcoming


Bella con23 posted 05-22-2007 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     

G. Flashlight
F. red & green side lights
C. Horn
A. VHF Radio
E. Sounder
B. Radar

An argument can be made between F and C I would imagine as well as D and E.

contender posted 05-22-2007 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Depends were you are and at what time of day...Compass, but the Horn is required, Lights are only require when running at night, Radio to call for help, GPS to tell them were you are, Flashlight to flag them down at night, Radar, to see if they are coming (also shows land masses, but if you are in the middle of the ocean its no help). The water is clear in south fla. so I do not need a sounder. And I do not understand SOS (know what it means just do not understand). I would want a compass, radio, and eprib.
Ranjr13 posted 05-22-2007 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ranjr13  Send Email to Ranjr13     
I say none of the above. No one piece of equipment can take the place of either proper training for a recreational boater, or significant experience in dealing with all types of challenges and things that can go wrong at the worst possible time. In other words, it's the operator that makes sound decisions that's the best piece of navigational equipment. If you don't have that, all the bells and whistles, flashlights and running lights are worthless.


JMARTIN posted 05-22-2007 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
A good chart.


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-22-2007 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I agree with contender. Depends on where you are, time of
day, and also weather conditions. For makes RADAR more useful.


rtk posted 05-22-2007 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
Horn. It is the proper and most reliable way to communicate with other vessels.

Unfortunately, using sound signals to communicate with other vessels will usually only result in being told you are number one by a return hand signal, and nobody will know what the hell you are doing because they don't know the signals.


davej14 posted 05-22-2007 11:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
GPS is the only navigation equipment listed.
towboater posted 05-23-2007 01:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for towboater  Send Email to towboater     
Thanks all. wtg rtk!

C. HORN is the most important because it is the only one that is required by USCG at ALL TIMES on ALL VESSELS.
There is no dispute.

This leads to my next question for 21st Century Mariners.

What is more important, a GPS or VHF Radio?

Since USCG considers a HORN a better communications aid than a VHF, where does this put a GPS?
I mean, a GPS tells you EXACTLY where you are, where you are headed and where you can/should go (passing situation) in real time.
A chart cant do all that.

Sure, horns cant always be heard or could be confusing in a busy area. Then will you agree, a heading, a early and substantial change of course is a form of communication between vessels? Sure you do. It's routine.
If a GPS helped that decision, will you agree it is a better navigation asset than a VHF?

But, in an emergency, a VHF is priceless.

SOOOO, when it comes time to figure out WHERE TO MOUNT A GPS antenna, I suggest, its placement deserves as much or more consideration than a VHF antenna that is seldom used.


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