Other recommended items would be a marine radio, a dewatering device, and a first aid kit. Cell phone? Sure – but not in place of a marine radio. Not only is that the fastest way for you to call for help from the USCG but their state-of-the-art Rescue21 system can point the search and rescue crew to you. An EPIRB*? Absolutely – just remember to properly register the device with NOAA so, when you press the button in a may-day situation requesting help, appropriate information is available to them.
I would also say that getting the “gilt-edged” United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check – better known as the Vessel Exam – is always a great idea. Oh, and it’s free.
How Do I Get One?
You can go online. www.cgaux.org and click on Vessel Safety Checks. Follow a few simple prompts and you will be connected via email to a USCGAux-trained Vessel Examiner for scheduling. Fill out the form and we’ll get you connected.
BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you “get in this thing…”
* Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon