all commercial vessels) will intercept, in
addition to Coast Guard and other rescue
stations ashore or units underway.
“But without a GPS interface to the
radio, unless the skipper is able to audibly
broadcast the boat’s position, rescuers
will only know that someone’s in trou-
search area. But a GPS interface puts the
help right where it’s needed in the shortest
time.” Edmonston echoes Hersey’s con-
cern about the VHF radio-GPS interface
conundrum and notes the challenges the
BoatU.S. Foundation has faced in trying to
better educate boaters about DSC radio in
general, now that every radio on the market
has that feature.
So Fix It
Since the mid 1990s, BoatU.S. has
participated on the Coast Guard task force
focused on the Global Maritime Distress
and Safety System (GMDSS). This is the
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