Originally Posted by svReboot
they are a very low cost substitute to an SCS modem, SB Radio, and Laptop for telling people where you are.
That's what I thought. Seems good if you're a hiker in Utah who doesn't want to carry alot of extra weight but on a boat you'll have an EPIRB for emergency and HF/SSB for communications if you need something. Further, I know some folks who carry a sat-phone just for emergency use.
Dunno, seems like cruising is the wrong place to be using this particular technology unless you're on a pocket cruiser or shoe string budget w/no real radio capabilities. On the other hand, I'd have loved to have this on some of the wilderness canoe trips we've done. In the past, giving someone a topo map with our route planning laid out and eta for getting back...leaving about 3 to 4 weeks of unknown time where anything could happen and no one woulda known about it...THAT's the application for this technology, IMO.