I’ve put together a series of blog posts that relate to paddling at night.
The series includes –
- how to make a securite call (“say-cure-ee-tay”) on your VHF if you’re worried about your passage at night
- what powerboat lighting patterns (including fishing trawlers) look like
- what to look for in a VHF radio
Also there’s links to over a dozen VHF radio mayday, etc. calls recorded by the Coast Guard. The roughly 7-part series is on my blog, paddlingtravelers.blogspot.com
As an aside, I’ve shipped out to the West Coast kayaker a couple of SPOT emergency gps beacons for demo, and will be sending another that way once I receive the additional half-dozen demo units promised me by the mfgr.
If you’re interested in testing a unit, send me an email.
There’s no strings attached other than your promise that you return the unit within three weeks and that you pay round trip shipping, roughly $10 total.
For more info on the SPOT gps beacon meanwhile, go to findmespot.com