SailJ I have a Delorme Inreach SE and opt for the OCENS service when I make open ocean deliveries. I have been using it for a few months now, and have 4 deliveries with about 3000 miles using the OCENS service. I am not the delivery captain
, but crew. I decided to get the service when I did a delivery
with a Captain
who used passage maker and we found that it was not timely after 10 days at sea. These 3000 miles includ 4 crossings of the gulf stream
moving boats from the Southeast coast down to the BVI's, Bahamas and Puerto Rico
I have found that it provides me the information necessary to sail with safety
when many days at sea. I use gribs on a number of services, but they require updates with internet
which I normally do not have access to. This enables us to look at alternative routes while underway in remote
locations. The most useful has been wind speed, direction, and precipitation. You can decide your target lat and long of where you want to be in 24, 48 or 72 hours in advance, and then request the information. The return message happens anywhere between 5 - 20 minutes. My suggestion is based on the system, that I don't send more than 1 request at a time. They seem to get stacked up one on the other and if you do do multiple requests, you cant easily tell which one it is for since the data is so compressed.
However, when I bring this on board with a professional captain, their eyes brighten and they take advantage of this system for our safety
, planning and speed.
OCENS customer service is very helpful as well. It is easy to subscribe and then define what plan you want. I went with the $8 plan, for just one month. Then I cancel. Then I reinstate it on the month I want to use it again.
Please PM me if you would like.