Posted: August 1, 2014 | Tag: Miscellaneous
Another way to do this transfer or cancellation can be to contact the supplier of the equipment you registered. West Marine offers great help. BoatU.S. can also help.
This all raises the question of why you need that MMSI. If you buy a VHF radio equipped with Digital Selective Calling (DSC), registering the MMSI information is required. Your VHF radio is connected with your GPS, and your information is then transmitted with any emergency transmission to the Coast Guard.
Another important issue is the registration of a VHF radio and a license. In the U.S., regulations for an operator’s license have been relaxed and you do not need to have a VHF operator license within the U.S. It is still required to have a VHF license when traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, etc.
Finally, do not forget about your Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). If your EPIRB is registered, it will help rescue forces find you faster in an emergency. If for some reason your beacon activates inadvertently and it is registered, the call you receive from the Coast Guard will be a friendly one. If it isn’t, well...