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October 28, 2011

Down to the last days! Delay no more. See your dealer now!
If you act now, Yamaha’s Y.E.S. extended warranty program adds up to $9000 in additional incentives, on top of our best-of-the-year factory incentives and your dealer’s aggressive pricing!

The biggest and best factory incentives of the year for the purchase of any new Grady-White whether in inventory or built to your order! Take advantage of this opportunity for any NEW Grady-White during GRADY DAYS now through November 7th only! Find your dealer.

For safety goodness sake! Register your VHF radio.
When you do, you’re a push button away from providing vital information to the Coast Guard.

If you have VHF radio(s) on your boat, then you should have a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number, and it should be entered into your radio(s) and connected to your Global Positioning System (GPS). Should a distress call ever be necessary, properly registered, entered and GPS-connected MMSI numbers in your VHF radio(s) automatically provide push button, “goof proof” information about the boat, position, safety equipment onboard, the operator, as well as contact information so folks know your whereabouts. See more info and links at Grady-White Customer Tips.

All fixed-mount VHF radios manufactured in the United States since 1999 have digital selective calling (DSC) capability. The easily identified red button transmits the DSC information directly to the Coast Guard.

Registering for and receiving your MMSI number is easy. Recreational vessels used solely in domestic U.S. waters that do not require a FCC station license may obtain a MMSI form (click here to find links on our website). MMSI numbers are issued by the Federal Communications Commission to vessels that operate in international waters and require a station license. This includes Canada, the Bahamas and Mexico.

If you have a VHF radio and a GPS, then the position information from the GPS should be input to the radio via NMEA0183 data bus connection (standard National Marine Electronics Association digital transmission protocol for sharing data among multiple units). This will allow the radio to transmit your position when sending a distress signal using the DSC capability.

GPS should talk/be input to the radio with NMEA0183 connections. Your dealer can help. This simple step will allow the VHF to include your position in any distress signal sent using push button DSC capability.

In a recent marine safety alert, the Coast Guard reports that approximately 60% of the VHF marine radios from which they have received distress calls DID NOT have a registered MMSI number and it was further reported that 90% of the distress alerts they receive DID NOT include position information. Without this vital information, the Coast Guard may suspend search and rescue efforts if no other means of communicating and contacting the boat can be established.

So register your VHF and get your MMSI number. This is easy, doesn't take much time, and assists in quicker response in an emergency. We've put links to more on this subject in our website, so click here. It's a no-brainer. Register your VHF radio and connect your GPS to it!

-Thanks to Brian Hodson of the Tidewater Grady Club (sponsored by Norfolk Marine in Norfolk, VA) for providing us with the prompt to include this important safety article in Docklines.

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Knot Tying
with Jim Hardin

Knot tying with Jim Hardin
We did a “how-to” knots video last summer that proved to be very popular with our Docklines readers, so we thought we’d post it again for those who missed it. Let us know about other ideas you have for how-to video shorts!

Fisherman 230 Walkthrough with David Neese

Fisherman 230 video walkthrough
Take a look at this family friendly, beautifully designed and engineered 23-foot center console with our Vice President of Engineering, David Neese.

Freedom 225 Walkthrough with David Neese

Fisherman 230 video walkthrough
If it’s versatility and do-anything spirit that you want in your Grady-White, you can’t do better than our Freedom Series models. Click here and get some detail on our Freedom 225 in this video with David Neese.

Grady Club
Of the Month

Delmarva Grady-White Club
Spotlight on the Delmarva Grady-White Club, sponsored by Taylor Marine Center of Milford, DE, and Taylor Marine II, Ocean City, MD, members of which recently toured the Grady-White plant in Greenville, NC.

Shop Grady Gear for your Christmas list.
Grady Gear
It’s not too early to shop for the Grady-White lovers among your family and friends. Check out our Grady Gear for a great selection of accessories, hats, jackets, shirts, and more!

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