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Old 12-04-2016, 09:53 AM
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Replacing an Icom 402 with a new 423G. I'm giving the 402 to a neighbor; it will remain in service. What's the protocol with MMSI registration, re-use my existing MMSI with the new VHF, or create a new MMSI registration for the new VHF and pass the old number off with the old VHF?
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Free registration through BoatUS.

http://www.boatus.com/MMSI/MMSI/FAQ



The MMSI stays with the radio which it is programmed into.

If you sell the boat but keep the radio, you can update with the new boat information in the Edit Registration Screen.
If you sell the boat with the radio, you must cancel your MMSI registration to avoid having the distress linked to you and your personal information should the new owner fail to reprogram the radio or request that the MMSI be transferred over to them.
If you kept the boat but have traded or replaced the radio which was programmed, you must cancel your MMSI registration for the same reason stated above.
If you obtained a second radio to go on board the same boat, you may program the same MMSI number into that radio.
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Bummer about Boatus, they CHARGE $20 now....
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Originally Posted by porthole2 View Post
Free registration through BoatUS.

http://www.boatus.com/MMSI/MMSI/FAQ



The MMSI stays with the radio which it is programmed into.

If you sell the boat but keep the radio, you can update with the new boat information in the Edit Registration Screen.
If you sell the boat with the radio, you must cancel your MMSI registration to avoid having the distress linked to you and your personal information should the new owner fail to reprogram the radio or request that the MMSI be transferred over to them.
If you kept the boat but have traded or replaced the radio which was programmed, you must cancel your MMSI registration for the same reason stated above.
If you obtained a second radio to go on board the same boat, you may program the same MMSI number into that radio.
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Free MMSI registration at Seatow-link below:

http://mmsiregister.seatow.com
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I bought a used boat with a MMSI registered VHF. The radio cannot be reprogrammed by a consumer, must be done by the factory. So I contacted BOAT US, they sent a notice to previously registered MMSI user, that was 3 months ago, no results yet. So it is probably headed to a factory reset, but I don't know the price for that service, I wish they wouldn't make it so hard to reprogram.
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Originally Posted by CME View Post
Bummer about Boatus, they CHARGE $20 now....
Think Boat US may be having some $$$ issues or just getting plan outright greedy these days.

Had my insurance through them this past year.
When renewal notice came around, policy increased around $400 annually.
Never a claim.
Audios.......................
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Originally Posted by Riptied View Post
Think Boat US may be having some $$$ issues or just getting plan outright greedy these days.

Had my insurance through them this past year.
When renewal notice came around, policy increased around $400 annually.
Never a claim.
Audios.......................
My boat us policy went way up too. I then bought a more expensive boat and Geico gave me a rate less than what I was originally paying for the cheaper boat! They were 40% less than the night lowest quote I got. Probably called 7 insurers.

Boat US charges $24 for MMSI registration which is their basic membership fee. Towing services are added on after that. So essentially, MMSI registration is free for members.
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Originally Posted by cptkatz View Post
Free MMSI registration at Seatow-link below:

http://mmsiregister.seatow.com
Thank you!
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Keep in mind that MMSI registration with the above-named services (plus others, like Power Squadron) only get you into the USCG database and not the international one...to get into the international database, the MMSI must be issued by FCC, important if you often leave US waters.

I'm on the Quebec border, but always within VHF range of USCG, but technically, to operate VHF in Canadian waters, I'm required to have a station license (and Operator's Permit), also issued by FCC. And, while seldom enforced, even when in US waters you cannot legally even communicate with a foreign-flagged vessel without having a station and operator's license. But in a true emergency, all radio regulations go out the window.
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If you are a West Marine Gold Rewards member, you are able to get it for free.
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Originally Posted by porthole2 View Post

The MMSI stays with the radio which it is programmed into.
Not according to the FCC and other authorities. An MMSI identifies a SHIP STATION, not a radio. If you remove a radio from a vessel and it is later used on another vessel, the radio will have to change MMSI to the new vessel's MMSI.

For authoritative information from the FCC see

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Rele...-12-1989A1.pdf

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Originally Posted by jhebert View Post
Not according to the FCC and other authorities. An MMSI identifies a SHIP STATION, not a radio. If you remove a radio from a vessel and it is later used on another vessel, the radio will have to change MMSI to the new vessel's MMSI.

For authoritative information from the FCC see

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Rele...-12-1989A1.pdf
You are correct. MMSI stays with the boat. and for the other above comment. The FCC issues ship station licenses for boats that travel internationally. Its not required for domestic boats that don't leave the US. Unfortunately, upgrading from a normal MMSI to a ship station's licensed gets you a new MMSI which can mean your AIS and VHF have to be reprogrammed which costs time and money so plan ahead before you program those radios if you think you may cruise out of the country in the future.
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I just sold my boat and one of the steps I did was to log into my account on for the mmsi # and release it so the new owner could register it under his name. I see no reason you couldn't do the same if you are just giving some one the radio. You can't change the mmsi # in the radio but you can edit all the owner information in the mmsi database record. This is what I was able to do with Boat US.

Mine was done through Boat US and unfortunately the new mmsi # for my new boat cost me $20.

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