Safety Equipment

What Is The Difference Between An EPIRB And A SART?

EPIRBs and SARTs are both used to indicate your position in an emergency when you need rescuing at sea. The main difference between them...

VHF

Does A VHF Antenna Need To Be Grounded?

I have used VHF radios for my entire career, but I have never had to install one myself. It turns out there is a...

How To Properly Adjust The Squelch On A VHF Radio

The squelch setting on your VHF is a way of rejecting background static. It improves safety by helping navigators concentrate, reduces VHF power consumption,...

How To Use VHF In An Emergency Situation

When it comes to using a VHF, it is important to be appropriately qualified. If you find yourself in a life or death situation,...

EPIRBs

What Is The Difference Between An EPIRB And A SART?

EPIRBs and SARTs are both used to indicate your position in an emergency when you need rescuing at sea. The main difference between them...

Where Should You Mount An EPIRB On A Boat?

The EPIRB is the one device on a boat that is capable of automatically sending a distress signal from anywhere in the world, independent...

How Many EPIRBs Are There On A Ship?

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons are an essential piece of search and rescue technology on modern vessels. But, just how many are required to...

Latest Articles

What Is The Difference Between An EPIRB And A SART?

EPIRBs and SARTs are both used to indicate your position in an emergency when you need rescuing at sea. The main difference between them...

Do You Need AIS On You Boat?

When you are installing navigational equipment to your boat, you have almost certainly asked yourself whether you really need everything on the market. AIS,...

NMEA 0183 vs NMEA 2000

Electonic engineers are very familiar with the details and differences between NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000, but I am a navigator, not an electronics...

What Are The Limitations Of AIS?

AIS is a useful tool to assist watchkeepers in carrying out their duties. It does improve the safety of navigation for everyone, but like...

Where Are The Highest Tides In The World?

The highest tides are spread throughout the world. They occur as a result of local geography creating a funnel to concentrate the tide from...

When Can You Switch Off AIS?

AIS is the Automatic Identification System that is compulsory on most vessels. Despite its compulsory status, there are a few very select occasions when...

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I am a professional navigator, currently working as a harbour pilot. Prior to that I worked on different ships, navigating around the world. In my spare time I like to sail my own small boat, using professional techniques to keep myself safe.

I have created Casual Navigation as an informal resource for learning maritime navigation. On this site you will find accurate information, tips and guidance that would normally be taught in a professional setting.