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on waters classified as navigable waters of the United States.
Local enforcement officers will cite an offender in violation of
a state and/or local boating law. In most respects the federal
boating laws and the state boating laws are similar.
The FCC does not require
operators of recreational boats
less than 20 meters (65 ft.) in
length to carry a radio or to
have an individual license to
operate VHF marine radios.
However, if you are operating
a VHF marine radio, you must
follow the procedures and courtesies that are required of
licensed operators specified in FCC Rules. You may use the
name or registration number of your boat to identify your
ship station (your boat).
Termination of Voyage
Law enforcement officers may terminate the voyage
of any boat, including a rowboat or canoe, if they find
an imminently hazardous condition aboard the boat. If
continued operation of the boat will likely cause an accident
or physical injury, an imminently hazardous condition exists.
The officer will direct the operator of the boat to stop and
proceed immediately to dock at the nearest available safe
anchorage, dock or mooring. The imminently hazardous
condition must be corrected before the boat may proceed.
The following are examples of conditions that a law
enforcement officer may consider imminently hazardous:
Radio Listening Watch
operating a boat while intoxicated.
fuel in the bilge.
Boats that voluntarily carry a radio must maintain a watch on
Channel 16 whenever the radio is operating and not being
used to communicate. Channel 16 is the frequency to use
when you wish to call other boats or make a distress call.
DISTRESS SAFETY AND CALLING- Use this channel to get the attention of another station
(calling) or in emergencies (distress and safety).
INTERSHIP SAFETY- Use this channel for ship-to-ship safety messages and for search and
rescue messages and ships and aircraft of the US Coast Guard.
US COAST GUARD LIAISON-Use this channel to talk to the US Coast Guard (but first make
contact on Channel 16).
NONCOMMERCIAL- Working channels for voluntary boats. Messages must be about the
needs of the ship. Typical uses include fishing reports, rendezvous, scheduling repairs and berthing
information. Use Channel 72 for ship-to-ship messages between noncommercial vessels.
COMMERCIAL- Working channels for working ships only. Messages must be about business or
the needs of the ship. Use channels 8, 67, and 88A for ship-to-ship messages.
PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE (MARINE OPERATOR)-Use these channels to call the marine
operator at a public coast station. By contacting a public coast station, you can make and receive calls
from telephones on shore. Except for distress calls, public coast stations usually charge for this service.
WEATHER- On these channels you may receive weather broadcasts of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. These channels are only for receiving. You cannot transmit on them.
9, 68, 69, 71,
78A, 79A, 80A
67, 72 for shipto-ship only
1A, 7A, 9, 10, 11,
18A, 19A, 63A,
8, 67, 88A for
24, 25, 26, 27, 28,
Wx-1 162.55 MHZ
Wx-2 162.4 MHZ
Wx-3 162.475 MHZ