Emer­gency VHF an­tenna

Yachting Monthly - - TECHNICAL -

If you lose yur rig, you lose your mast­head VHF an­tenna too, which means your ra­dio will be­come use­less. You can buy a smaller emer­gency an­tenna, but re­mem­ber to keep it handy for an emer­gency and not buried some­where in a locker where you’ll never be able to find it in a panic.

Some boat own­ers pre­fer to fit another VHF an­tenna per­ma­nently to their stern rail to use as an AIS an­tenna, but make sure the plugs are in­ter­change­able (or you have the nec­es­sary adapters) so it can be swapped should the mast be lost over the side.

It would be mad­ness to put all we rec­om­mend on a small open day­boat, like­wise if you’re sailing far­ther afield you may feel you need more. To cater for all our read­er­ship in this short ar­ti­cle would be im­pos­si­ble, but at least we’ve given you some ideas about what equip­ment you could have, and hope­fully you’ll never need to use it.

Los­ing your rig presents you with many chal­lenges. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is one

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