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|Author||Topic: Navigation test|
posted 05-22-2007 09:36 AM ET (US)
Which one of the following is the most important Navigation asset for Recreational Boaters?
A. VHF Radio
posted 05-22-2007 11:11 AM ET (US)
posted 05-22-2007 04:23 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-22-2007 06:04 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-22-2007 06:55 PM ET (US)
A good chart.
posted 05-22-2007 09:22 PM ET (US)
I agree with contender. Depends on where you are, time of
day, and also weather conditions. For makes RADAR more useful.
posted 05-22-2007 09:34 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-22-2007 11:47 PM ET (US)
GPS is the only navigation equipment listed.
posted 05-23-2007 01:13 AM ET (US)
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.
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?
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.
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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