radio use ashore
You might not have even realized it was against the rules to use portable marine VHF radios on shore, but a change in Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
regulations now allows limited usage.
Effective January 2017, the use of porta-
ble VHF radio ashore is allowed, “so long
as it is limited to enhancing the usefulness
of marine VHF
change is a result of
tion with the U.S. Coast Guard, FCC, and other marine-industry stakeholders as part
of our work with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services. It is a good
example of how BoatU.S. is always on watch for proposals and regulations that matter
to recreational boating,” said David Kennedy, BoatU.S. Government Affairs manager.
Usage is limited to areas adjacent to the water, such as docks and beaches, and must
relate to the operational and business needs of the associated vessel and limited to “the
minimum practicable transmission time.”
The U.S. Coast Guard reminds recreational boaters that VHF Channel 9 is the
recommended hailing channel, while Channel 16 is designated for distress and hail-
ing. Boaters should refrain from “idle chatter” on any channel. — R.A.
Women take the helm
Hone your skills while gaining confidence at the 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference on
Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Marblehead,
Massachusetts. The event, organized by
the National Women’s Sailing Association
(NWSA) and sponsored in part by
BoatU.S., features hands-on land- and
water-based workshops and seminars for
women, taught by women.
Past seminar favorites, such as Diesel
Damsels, Suddenly Singlehanded, and
Heaving-To Strategies for Heavy Weather,
will be joined by new training on rigging,
reefing, fog navigation, dinghy skills,
and weather. On the water, women can
improve their sail-trim skills or take the
helm on a Colgate 26 or Sonar.
“Women of all sailing abilities are
encouraged to attend,” said NWSA presi-
dent Linda Newland. “By sharing experi-
ences, women leave with improved skills
and knowledge that contribute to better
days on the water.”
Registration is first-come, first-served
and will open this spring at womensailing.
org. Email conference committee chair
Joan Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
New vlog highlights
A new video blog series showcasing the
gamut of marine-industry jobs available
for young people to explore recently
profiled the staff and work done at
TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale. “Salty
Jobs” is the name of the “vlog,” as video
blogs are referred to, and is produced by
the Marine Industries Association of
South Florida (MIASF) and hosted by
Sean Smith, MIASF’s director of membership. He interviews and shadows the
crew as they handle dispatch calls from
members in need of help on the water as
well as tow captains heading out to lend
a hand to members in distress.
for a behind-the-scenes look at how
TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale operates.
Email email@example.com if you have a “salty
job” you want to highlight. — R.A.
This race-com-mittee crew is no
longer in violation
of FCC regulations
when they use portable marine VHF
radios on shore.