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Old 06-09-2016, 08:55 PM   #1
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I am hard of hearing with hearing aids! But how can a deaf person sail if he or she cannot hear the vhf radio! Is there some other ways to communicate and stuff? I want to live abroad on a 30 ft to 40 ft sailboat! But curious on how I could be safe but also seek help if need during any emergency's! So any insight or ideas and tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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I am hard of hearing with hearing aids! But how can a deaf person sail if he or she cannot hear the vhf radio! Is there some other ways to communicate and stuff? I want to live abroad on a 30 ft to 40 ft sailboat! But curious on how I could be safe but also seek help if need during any emergency's! So any insight or ideas and tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
It's probably not advisable, but I routinely shut the VHF radio OFF because the chatter annoys me. I sail to get away from that stuff.

For emergencies you can use a DSC equipped radio. Once it's fully registered with an MMSI (a number identifying your vessel), and if it's connected to GPS, all you need to do is press (and hold) a button and it'll send a distress 'call' to other DSC-equipped vessels and the authorities (if they are within range). If it's not connected to GPS, you can manually enter your position.

Same for an EPIRB - just activate it.

The upshot is worries about emergencies ought not prevent you from going sailing!
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Sweet! I looked in to what you said and that would work perfect! I am also going to get the chart plotter gps one at west marine! they have them for $2000 that is worth it to be well prepared and safe! Plus I like the auto pilot, depth finder, fish finder, sonar and live weather its a nice device!
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