My wife and I don't own a boat other than just a canoe, but we do like to get out around the coast. We're going to be doing more water-taxi drop-offs, PUCs, maybe some small boat rentals, and associated fun. I've heard some mention that they carry VHF for emergency use whenver near the shore.
Would this be helpful? It seems like it could give communication for both emergency or possibly just information between us and a friend/water taxi in a boat and also weather alerts. Since I'm really not familiar with these, are there "gotchas" I'm missing? Is a license needed? Will I rarely be within range of anything useful? (I'm thinking around relatively common rec. shore areas out of Seward, Homer, Whittier, etc)
It'd be great if we also had Air VHF, at least I like the idea of it. Would this add value (I'm thinking it might make it worth bringing in interior type areas).
Thanks very much for any information anyone has!