"I personally do not care all that much for the rules/regs of the country"
"What actually works, for God's sake?"
You already got the answers. You wanna use what you got? You don't care about the rules? Great, just sit down and USE THE RADIO. Have a good time.
Ignore the answer you got from several of us--to just buy a satellite phone and use it. You think that because you bought a radio, you've got a god-given right to use it and have it work? ROFL, good luck with that. Throwing a tantrum and telling people you don't care about the rules of a society, any society, will just get you ostracized and eventually jailed. Lucky for you, the FCC would rather seize your boat and bank account than bother paying for your board in a jail. Of course, once you are outside the US, there are plenty of other national radio authorities who *would* rather put you in a cell for unauthorized radio operations, but we already know, you don't care about that.
Did I mention, have a good time?