Newb question

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by rh320, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. rh320

    rh320 Member

    Mar 2, 2018
    Chesapeake Bay
    2005 320 Sundancer
    350 Mercruiser
    So, as referenced earlier, I am a new owner of a 320DA. Ive been boating forever on the Chesapeake as a day boater on bowlders. I will be hiring a captain for a day once the weather/boat are good to go for the season but I have so many questions and would love to start getting answers as soon as I can.

    My question today involves using the VHF radio.
    1. How to properly dial it in or "squelch" it?
    2. What channels to use and what uses for each channel?
    3. How to properly communicate and maintain proper etiquette?
    4. How to use it in emergency situations?
  2. Chrisvr6

    Chrisvr6 Member

    Sep 6, 2016
    2002 280da
    Twin 5.0mpi
    My 280 has all that on a sticker on the inside of a panel where the breakers are under the throttles by your knees.
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  3. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Do you have a VHF with DSC? If so, you'll want to re-register it to your name. If your VHF doesn't have DSC it might be worth spending some time to familiarize yourself with the available technology. With DSC you can teach your admiral to push a single button in an emergency. No call or channel selection required. Push the button and help will arrive, eventually.
  5. rh320

    rh320 Member

    Mar 2, 2018
    Chesapeake Bay
    2005 320 Sundancer
    350 Mercruiser
    I do not know yet! I have recently read about that and do want to be registered.
  6. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
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  7. Boatguy49036

    Boatguy49036 Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2017
    Marblehead , OH
    390 Sundancer 2004
    Garmin 7612 XSV
    8.1 Horizons
    8.1 Mercruiser

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