I assume you are looking for a cheap
alternative to InReach or Spot (uses Globalstar) which sends breadcrumbs and text messages. InReach has two way messenging by text. There are no IPhone or android apps that will send while out of cellphone range, and your trip across the Big Bend area of the Gulf has no cell phones me coverage.
Spot and InReach both use satellites and send breadcrumbs if you subscribe to their service
in real time, as does the Iridium interface with the IPhone. If you get an Iridium or Globalstar
phone you can sign up for Data services and use a RedPort optimizer that will create a wifi hotspot to access email,and Internet
using XGate. These are relatively expensive hardware
and subscription services.
I've used Globalstar
, XGate, Spot and communicated with my son who is a mountain climber using InReach. I also use Navionics
while cruising and have used offshore
in the area you have just been cruising in, along with Spot with breadcrumbs. Look at all of them, but InReach and Spot offer some emergency
notifications that are an economical way to cruise offshore
with a limited ability to communicate should you have a problem. I certainly recommend an Eprib, even if only a personal one, if you are sailing on crossings so you can communicate if things go bad. I didn't use my VHF
crossing from Clearwater to Panama
City, but I have since heard from others that the towers out there can pick up VHF
signals in the Big Bend area.
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