While cruising is generally much safer than driving on a freeway, don’t forget that there may be someone less fortunate looking for an easy way to make some quick cash. As in stealing your stuff and turning it into cash. Usually while you’re not home (i.e. aboard). We call it “opportunity theft”.
TIP: If you call another boat on the VHF and they don’t answer, don’t keep calling. A couple of times is sufficient. You might accidentally alert the area that no one’s home and they might as well swing by the boat and see if anything’s available on deck.
For that matter, don’t keep repeatedly calling anyone period. If they don’t answer in the first few times, they’re probably either immersed in a major project… or have their VHF turned off … or aren’t home/aboard.
And never make plans to be off the boat – dinner ashore, happy hour at a friend’s boat, holiday gathering etc., over the VHF. That’s all the listening ears need. Click here to find out how I know. 🙁
Some cruisers (including us at times) turn their VHF off in an anchorage because there’s too much garbage chatter and repeated hailing with no response.
But when we turn off the VHF, no one will hear a call for help in the anchorage. And especially outside US waters, often other cruisers are the only “safety net” we have.
Be safe out there! Anyone have anything to add? Please leave a comment and share. Cheers! Jan