||09-07-2005 12:42 PM
Certainly when sailing around OZ , one always gives position reports to Coast Guard Stations , and Coastal Patrol where necessary.It has saved a few lives from cruising boats in the past. I believe its necessary to fill in a passage plan ,file it with a friend/ relative /Water Police etc .
Having said that ,its IMPORTANT to check in on arrival at a destination and advise safe passage. Here in OZ , the Coastal stations all relay your position and safe arrival etc, to the last station who was monitoring your passage.
Off shore.. well does depend on where you are sailing, I would be wary around some parts of ASIA and certainly around Socotra, Suez etc.
Seek local advice from authorities in destinations on the best way of reporting your position , well in advance.