Is a VHF Radio Required Equipment On A Boat?

Is a VHF radio required on a boat? If so, do you need a license to operate a marine radio on a boat?



  • No, a radio is not a requirement. Depending on what you are doing and where you will physically be I would say that it is highly recommended. Always great to be able to call for help if needed and to keep up with the weather. No, you don't need a license either.

  • @GoLittleRockstar You do not need a license to operate a marine radio unless it has a power output of 50 watts or more. That makes it for commercial use and you would need a license to operate at that point. Any basic marine vhf radio doesnt require a license. They are not needed however they can be a great lifeline in an emergency or if you encounter any mechanical issues.

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