Think the old Wombat must be in a crotchetty mood today but it does get up my nose all this blather about causing unneccessary worry amongst one's family and friends blah de blah de blah.
Wrong. They ( as in the friends and family) caused themselves the worry. Sod 'em.
If the boat had gone down or a true emergency developed , the Epirb could be activated and the relevent authorities would be informed. Having an SSB or Satellite Phone would not, in my opinion, improve your situation.
While I appreciate many of the advantages that modern communications have to offer being in constant contact with people on shore is not one of them.
Then again I am an antisocial SOB at the best of times who always thought that Friends was a steaming pile of excrement and if anyone ever walked into my apartment (a la Seinfeld) without knocking I'd shoot the bugger.
Hey, I know, the next womboat is going to be called the "Greta Garbo".
Dennis Leary kind of said it all.
cos I yam what I yam.