We too have a Garmin InReach. Works very nicely. Best when coupled to a smart phone using their APP EarthMate. We’ve used it for three years along the West coast
of North America.
We looked up phone numbers, mobile phone numbers, email, etc. of USCG, medical, friends, your smart phone and computer contacts, harbors, etc. in advance of losing cellular service
. Also we’ve made/added to our lists from cruising guide books
, websites, and we asked our physicians—in advance—for text and email numbers we can use for emergencies (they gave them to us). When we visit a port I collect phone numbers for local law enforcement, Mexican Navy
, Canadian rescue, etc.
Ask friends/family in advance if you can contact them and ask them for relay help if needed.
Get as much contact info in advance. Collect all you can as you travel. Use what you need.
You can always use info collected from one area and have those people relay your message and end up with the final responder you need.
Learn how to use the InReach. It can be tricky sending receiving text, email to/from other InReach versus non-InReach. I wish Garmin would have more tutorials and better manuals
Be sure to download to your InReach the free maps for emergency navigation
. Sync it with your computer to keep the online tracking up to date as well as the devices software
. Decide if you want a password on it for others to contact you or have it “open” so anyone tracking you can contact you.
You can subscribe to Garmin’s email notifications of functional problems wth their InReach system. It’s nice to know when they are experiencing glitches and problems. Free.
If in need and you don’t know how to reach someone—push the big button and folks on the other end will sort it out before they contact “rescue” services.
Hope you never have to “push the button.”
PS We bought the charging/mount cradle
for the InReach. Nice to have it securely mounted and always charged—in case.