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    Here is a question...

    Do you have or use a satellite tracker or messenger like the SPOT or the Inreach?

    I am thinking of getting one, especially as a solo cruiser so that family and friends can know where I am.

    I do not need messenging as i have satellite prone and internet, but the tracking web page would prove very handy.
    Kevin Sanders
    Bayliner 4788 Seward, Alaska
    Map where I am right now
    https://share.findmespot.com/shared/...j23OquWOj2N3Xe

  • #2
    I use inreach. I even took it with me this week when We took the Jeep deep into Canyon Lands NP back country.
    Azzurra
    Seattle, WA
    Ocean Alexander 54

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tiltrider1 View Post
      I use inreach. I even took it with me this week when We took the Jeep deep into Canyon Lands NP back country.
      Cool!!! I am just getting my new SPOT turned on, and it’s a pretty nifty little device.

      Here is the public page

      https://share.findmespot.com/shared/...j23OquWOj2N3Xe

      I’m pretty impressed! It’s detailed enough to see my office!
      Kevin Sanders
      Bayliner 4788 Seward, Alaska
      Map where I am right now
      https://share.findmespot.com/shared/...j23OquWOj2N3Xe

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      • #4
        My concern as a single woman is that I do not want anyone to know my exact location. I've had folks come up to the boat, knocking on the hull and saying hello -- because they know me from my website. That's a bit unnerving, especially in remote places. I'd rather not have my specific spot known. And too, those out of the way "hidden" spots, well, I don't publish them.

        Folks have been kind enough to mark my charts with directions to get into unmarked anchoring spots. I would not want to have the GPS location known. That would betray the trust a local has extended me, you know?

        Anyway, I do watch others (remember watching Dauntless as she crossed the Atlantic) and it was fascinating.

        Still, I would be cautious about the absolutes. In some areas you might be targeting yourself. The nefarious might find it convenient to track you/your boat, especially if they thought you would have good pickings.Just saying... coconut grapevine rumblings, and not from inside the United States.

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        • #5
          This is what I like about the Inreach. Only people you give permission to can see your location. Unlike AIS which is on the internet for 6 months.
          Azzurra
          Seattle, WA
          Ocean Alexander 54

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          • #6
            Thanks. I had wondered about that. The AIS transponder (broadcast side) is worrisome. At least for me.
            Thank you for the education Tiltrider1.

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