I recently bought a GO and agree with the Ballinger's comments.
note that the unlimted package now gives you 150 minutes a month instead of 5 . You can't even come close to prepaying iridium minutes for a phone at that cost.
Couple of comments.
1) YOU MUST HAVE THE EXTERNAL ANTENNA
2) If you plan on using a tracking
function if you mount the unit inside you must still have some sort of line of sight outside . The GPS
antenna is internal and must *Kinda* see the sky. Mine is mounted with a view through a port light and works fine.
3) Predict wind is great, and Im sold
, It is not cheap and again as stated it takes some serious learning
. The new app for mac has a built in grib viewer * awesome* as you now dont have to be a computer science major to display grib files.
I have been turning up and down the predict wind subscription as needed for passages. The amount of data you can get is incredible. It took me a bit of time to figure out but the the wx data in the route
planner is so comprehensive you almost dont need to download the gribs.
The help desk is incredible. I have never purchased a product that has been that responsive.
I have been told they are working on an IPAD offshore
app, which will be great
I wont go into the pro cons of Go vs SSB
, enough threads already bashing that. I like having relaible comms and data for wx.
IMO It boils down to your comms / wx needs and where you will be operating if the cost is worth it.