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Old 26-04-2013, 12:21   #1
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SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

I am looking at a low(ish) cost messaging and/or PLB and put some thoughts in my blog.
Spot vs DeLorme InReach vs ACR ResQLink | Sailing With Kids
I'd love to hear of sailor's experiences with:
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Old 26-04-2013, 12:42   #2
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Intended geographic area of use?
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Old 26-04-2013, 12:48   #3
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Re: SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

Well, I am doing a trip from Annapolis up the canals to Lake Champlain, hang around there for a year and then off to the Caribbean. At that point I'll probably get a full EPIRB
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Old 26-04-2013, 13:38   #4
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Re: SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

I have both and have been actively cruising with both for the last 6 months. I am sailing right now, and have limited access but if you search on my user name I posted about them in a similar thread within the last several weeks.
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Old 26-04-2013, 15:36   #5
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Well, I am doing a trip from Annapolis up the canals to Lake Champlain, hang around there for a year and then off to the Caribbean. At that point I'll probably get a full EPIRB
I ask because SPOT has limited coverage area. In Reach is truly global.

Either way I would still (and do) carry an EPIRB for offshore or extended near coastal. SPOT/In Reach are better suited to staying in touch. EPIRB is only for a true emergency and has no "keep in touch" ability.
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Old 26-04-2013, 16:12   #6
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Re: SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

Yes, I plan to get a full EPIRB

Faith, I can't find that thread. Linky?
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Re: SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

Is yellow brick tracking the sort of thing you are looking for?
Yellowbrick Tracking - truly global satellite tracking beacons for yacht racing, adventures, treks, expeditions and challenges
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Re: SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

I'll be going with the InReach Generation 2 here fairly soon. IMO and from research this is the most economical way of staying in touch world wide.

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I think many cruisers will go with InReach now...much better solution than SPOT.
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Re: SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

Plus, you can carry a solar recharging kit! Unlike the EPIRB's
InReach But it's not water proof so needs to be kept in a Ziploc for out on the water.
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Re: SPOT and inReach feedback wanted

I used the SPOT GPS messenger on a delivery up the coast of Mexico last December and I had issues with AA battery life. I contacted the company and it was recommended that I use higher quality batteries. If you do choose SPOT, I would consider bringing a big pack of fresh AA's.
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I thought SPOT used lithium batteries? Were you feeding it lithiums or alkalines?
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I thought SPOT used lithium batteries? Were you feeding it lithiums or alkalines?
Alkalines, which I'm sure was my problem.
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Alkalines, which I'm sure was my problem.
Probably. I used one for an entire cruising season running lithiums and it was still going strong. These were the batts that came w the unit.
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