I have an Inreach. Have never seen an Yellow Brick so am working off their web site.
It seems to me that the InReach focuses a little more on communication and the Yellow Brick a little more on tracking. Both seem good. A lot of the functionality seems to overlap.
A few of the features on the Inreach that I really like that may or may not be in the Yellow Brick:
Mine works just fine through the cored fiberglass cabin
top without an external antenna
. Mine just sits on the chart table 24/7 (turned on and charging). If a message comes in it blinks and beeps.
The InReach is a much better user experience than my Iridium satphone because I've never had a connection problem or a "dropped call". It sends the SMS as soon as it can which so far has always been in a few minutes - usually less than 30 seconds. It also confirms that a message was successfully sent.
It's incredible how much you can say in a 160 character message. Just ask anyone under 30. The only thing that's a challenge are weather
reports or RIBs although a friend ashore came up with a coding system that fits a five day four times a day forecast
into 160 characters "Southwest wind
15mph with seas 1 meter out of the east" is SW15E1 . I send him a SMS and he sends back the forecast
I love that there is no contract
and that I pay nothing for months that I'm not cruising.
I simply wouldn't go offshore
without an InReach even if if only as a backup.
I checked Amazon and they are in stock for $299 including two day delivery
in the US.