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    Re: Fatal interaction between yacht and ferry.
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2007 May 10, 17:34 -0400

    > From: "George Huxtable" 
    
    > Has the obligation to keep a listening watch on ch. 16 now
    > vanished, anyway?
    
    Some excellent points.  Answering your question (from memory) in the USA:
    
    All vessels 60 feet or over must have VHF.
    
    Pleasure craft under 60 ft. are not required to have VHF.
    
    I was told (by a freshly minted 100-ton master) commercial vessels must have
    two radios, one to monitor 16 and one to monitor 13.
    
    The Coast Guard monitors 16.  There seems to be a push on by the Coast Guard
    (Lake Michigan at least) over the past few years to encourage pleasure craft
    to hail each other on channel 9, freeing up 16 for serious communications.
    
    Regarding Lu's point, I too find a commercial vessel is more likely to
    respond to a channel 13 hail--if for no other reason the hailing craft knows
    enough to use 13 and is taken a bit more seriously.
    
    Bill
    
    
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