This is the information we currently have about use of VHF channels in the Forth Estuary area. (This is based on the best information we have been able to find but we cannot guarantee it is complete and up to date.)
Emergency and Coastguard Ch: 16
Forth and Tay Navigation Service Ch: 71 (Listening on this frequency is useful to understand ship movements, particularly when navigating in or close to the shipping channels)
Forth Pilots (& pilot cutter) Ch: 72
RFYC race management Ch: 37 (also called M/M1/N1 on some radios)
RFYC club house (not routinely listening) Ch: 37 (M/M1/N1)
Recommended channel for yacht-to-yacht communication Ch: 37 (M/M1/N1)
Leith Harbour Ch: 12
Grangemouth Harbour Masters Ch: 14
Port Edgar Marina Ch: 80
Dunbar Harbour Ch: 6/12
Anstruther Harbour Ch: 11
Methil Harbour: Ch 14
For a full listing of UK coastal VHF channels: click here
The marine VHF weather report channels changed in September 2017. The MCA Maritime Safety Information broadcasts, giving local inshore forecasts, are now on VHF channels 62, 63 and 64.
In our local area, the channels are:
Craigkelly (the huge mast behind Burntisland) – Ch 63
Fife Ness – Ch 62
St Abbs Head – Ch 64.
VHF and Navtex coverage maps, and a summary of GMDSS procedures for small boats, are shown on this MCA leaflet on the RYA website.