Massachusetts boaters will now be able to conduct automated radio checks on VHF channels 27 and 28 around the clock, depending on their location.
The free service is made available by Sea Tow's ongoing partnership with Maritel, a service that provides voice-and-data radio communications services to government and maritime organizations. It is unique because it does not require the response of other boaters or watchstanders in order to work, nor does it require special equipment.
The automated radio check service is currently available in Boston Harbor on channel 27 and along Boston's South Shore on channel 28.
Sea Tow plans to expand the service to the Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket later this year, bringing full coverage to coastal Massachusetts.