A modern handheld VHF radio can make time afloat better and safer. Being able to communicate with other boaters and rescue agencies makes having a VHF a necessity no matter how small your boat.
Your VHF radio should be your go-to communications in an emergency. The U.S. Coast Guard has a huge network of towers to listen in on distress calls and when you make a call, every other nearby boater with a radio on can also hear you, which increases your chance of getting help. Knowing a little about your VHF and how to make the call can help when you really need it.