That was my thought... but the Spot Messenger does have some serious holes in its coverage areas... but not too bad for most cruising sailors. While you couldn't really vary the message specifically, it would at least be a way to say, Hi, I'm safe, and I'm at xxxxxx location. For the $150 and $99 a year, it's not a bad deal. Combine it with a satellite phone or Skype, you could make the "help me" feature very useful, since you could use that to get your family to call you when you'll be available... and still leave the "911" feature free for emergencies.
I was thinking the same thing, sounds like an ideal use for the Spot Messenger.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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