As Swagman says, Navtex is one of the "must haves" on cruising boats in Europe
. I am from the UK and so fitted a cheap
Nasa unit on my Eclipse catamaran
I used it extensively in the Caribbean
and Bahamas. I also got good weather info from it as far south as Panama
so it has a 1000 mile + range.
It always puzzles me why so few Americans use Navtex. It is much easier to have a forecast
written down which you can read at any time, then remembering to listen to a sometimes faint, often garbled, net forecast
at an inconvenient time of day.
And of course Navtex gives much more information than just the weather. Buoys adrift, lost
boats, bridges failed, distress
I will certainly be fitting one to my new Romany catamaran
(currently in Va) prior to sailing south to the Bahamas this winter
Hope this helps
Richard Woods of Woods Designs