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"Can You Hear Me ?"


By broadcasting your exact mayday location with the simple push of a button, new Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios give recreational boaters and the U.S. Coast Guard enhanced search and rescue capabilities. But do you know enough about this new marine radio system to help save a life - possibly your own?

To help boaters understand the latest advances in marine radio communication, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has launched a free online marine DSC VHF radio tutorial for anyone struggling with the new technology. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard, the online tutorial, "Can You Hear Me Now?" is designed to educate boaters on all of the basics of DSC VHF radios. By understanding how these radios work, boaters can take advantage of the latest innovations in search and rescue technology.

The 35-minute, narrated online program covers all of the basics and even allows viewers to try various radio buttons and sounds on their computer to simulate how a DSC VHF radio would operate. Topics covered include emergency signaling, how to install a DSC VHF radio and an overview of the U.S. Coast Guard's "Rescue 21" program. The tutorial is located at

This link goes right to the Tutorial.

This Link goes to information on getting a FREE MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity)



Federal regulation regarding children wearing Life Preservers (PFD's).


Basically the Regulation states:

No person may operate a recreational vessel under way with any child under the age of 13 aboard unless such child is:

  • Wearing an appropriate USCG approved Life Jacket, or the child is below decks or in an enclosed cabin.

  • Where a State Law is different from this Federal regulation, the State Statute will prevail in waters under  that state's jurisdiction.

  • If a State has no regulatory requirements regarding PFD's and children, the Federal Statute will apply.

For information regarding registration of other recreational vehicles please visit:                                

Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Online Licensing and Registration System

 There are two registration offices to which both sales tax and registration paperwork may be sent:

                                    Massachusetts Environmental Police

                                    Registration and Titling Bureau   

                                    218 South Main Street   

                                    Fall River, MA 02721   

                                    (508) 679-8287


                                    Massachusetts Environmental Police   

                                    Registration and Titling Bureau   

                                    67  Millbrook Street-- 3rd Floor Suite 350  

                                    Worcester, MA 01608   

                                    (508) 753-0603


EPA NE: "No Discharge Areas" In New England Waters

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