Boating group reminds of safety gear checks

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This time of year, life gets a little slower for recreational boaters, perhaps freeing up time to fix the important things like having a fully working VHF radio on board, reminds BoatUS. For a basic VHF, checking the connections for corrosion, inspecting the antenna and doing a simple radio check may be all that it takes.

But when it comes to a newer Digital Selective Calling VHF, this is the time to ensure its life-saving, one-button mayday feature is fully working. This allows anyone on the boat to simply press a button that gives rescuers near pinpoint location and identification information, greatly speeding rescue times.

Click here for tips on checking your safety gear.