The Best Satellite Phone For Sailing

Let’s get straight into this by stating that the best satellite phone for sailing must use the Iridium Network. Why? Because Iridium is the only satellite communications network that has global coverage. So I’m not even going to bother recommending phones that use other satellite networks such as Inmarsat or Globalstar. If this were an…

The Best Sailing Boots

When it comes to sailing boots, you will want to look out for a few things. Are the boots breathable, tall, or short, and what are they made from? In my 10-year career in the yachting industry, I’ve found the best overall pair of sailing boots are the Gill Tall Yachting Boot. However, the equation…

Which Visual Distress Signal Is Acceptable For Daylight Use Only?

As much as we love being at sea, it can be dangerous. And if you ever need help, you want to be as visible as possible. This means visual distress signals are essential to have on board. But these distress signals all have their different uses. For example, orange smoke signals are only acceptable for…

Which VHF Marine Radio Channels To Use [& When?]

There are channels for emergencies and urgent matters only, boater-hailing channels, working channels for relevant communications, ship-to-ship channels, port operation channels, and weather channels. These are further divided into channels used by commercial vessels and recreational vessels. Additionally, some channels are restricted and intended for use by the United States Coast Guard (USGC) only. With…

Which Visual Distress Signal Is Acceptable For Night Use Only?

The only visual distress signal permissible for use at night and no other time is the electric distress light, also known as an SOS distress light. Many approved visual distress signals may be used at night since they are significantly less visible during the day. The electric distress light is the only visual distress signal…

What Is The Proper Procedure For Using Hand-Held Visual Distress Signal Flares?

Visual distress signals are those that can be seen by nearby boats, planes, or people. The hand-held visual distress signals are precisely that. Unlike parachute flares fired into the air, hand-held distress flares are kept in a person’s hand while signaling for emergency assistance. Flares are to be ignited (according to accompanying instructions) facing away…