Equipment needed

Depending on how far from shore you will operate your craft, the following minimum GMDSS equipment should be on board.
Remember, you are not limited to having only the minimum recommended devices.
In an area of operation up to 5 miles from shore it is recommended that you have a handheld waterproof VHF radio on board. In an area of operation up to 30 miles from shore, a handheld waterproof VHF radio and a VHF DSC fixed radio installation.
Up to 60 miles from shore, a handheld waterproof VHF radio, a VHF DSC fixed radio installation and a NAVTEX receiver.
Up to 150 miles from shore, a handheld waterproof VHF radio, a VHF DSC fixed radio installation, a NAVTEX receiver, an EPIRB, a MF DSC radio installation and a SART.
Over 150 miles from shore, it is recommended that you have a handheld waterproof VHF radio, a VHF DSC fixed radio installation, a NAVTEX receiver, an EPIRB, a MF DSC radio installation, a SART and Inmarsat Satellite Communication.