Originally Posted by boomerang
Most unit's are no problem changing the name & vessel dimensions but the big hoop you'll need to jump through is changing the MMSI number or getting the PO to release the existing number to you.
You have to get a new boat call sign which does not come with the boat, and then You can get an MMSI to get the AIS configured for your boat.
The quickest way to get a call sign that I know of anyway is to apply to the FCC for a Restricted Radiotelephone Licence. "RR" licence. Once you have this licence you can apply to the FCC again for a call sign for your vessel. Having a call sign will also give you an MMSI number. There are fees involved in doing this, but the RR licence is good for life. The call sign may be good for 10 years, but I don't have the information in front of me, so I'm not positive about that.
You can also get an MMSI from Boat US I believe, but that is only good for
U.S. waters. The regular FCC licence (RR) is good for international voyages and will also allow the use of an SSB radio. Even operating a VHF radio in foreign countries is iffy without a licence. No licence required to operate it in the U.S. waters.