VHF Marine Radio Operator


The efficient use of VHF radio depends to a large extent on the operator’s method of speaking. As the distinctive sounds of consonants are apt to become blurred in the transmission of speech, words of similar length containing the same vowel sounds may sound alike. Special care is necessary in their pronunciation. Continue reading

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Advanced Anchoring – Using a Stern Line

In a crowded anchorage, you may want to limit your swing. One way to do this is to take a stern line to shore. Make sure that other boats around you are doing the same thing or you will have other vessels swinging into you. Continue reading

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Anchoring Without Yelling

Here is a simple step by step process that will allow you and your crew to anchor confidently and quietly.

1. Select your anchorage using the criteria in “Choosing Your Anchorage“. Continue reading

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Rope versus Line

Some boaters mistakenly use these terms interchangeably.

You go to your marine supply store and buy a length of rope.  When you bring it aboard your vessel and put it to use,  it becomes a line.  Some example would be dock lines, halyards, sheets etc.  However, there are still some examples where rope is the correct term.  Two examples are the bell rope attached to the clapper of the ship’s bell and the bucket rope on the bucket. Continue reading

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Outboard Engines for Powerboats

There are three kinds of powerboat engines. There is the inboard engine, the outboard engine and the outboard/inboard engine that is usually called an I/O engine. Deciding what type engine you will use on your powerboat is a decision that needs to addressed even before you ask ‘how fast it will go’ and how much it will cost’ because the choice of an inboard, outboard or outboard/inboard engine will help to answer both of those questions. Continue reading

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