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Do you know if there is a more safe way to cross the atlantic than to cross solo or with a small crew ? Do exist flotilla or group of yatchs that share the resources to be more safe ? so if you have a problem , somebody can help you ?? Do you have a recomendation ..?
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Try taking a look at Atlantic Rally for Cruisers for detailed information.
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Another product you may want to look into is Skymate. It allows you to send and receive emails and get various types of weather information. It has pretty much worldwide coverage using lowlevel orbiting satellites. You can get more info at www.skymate.com
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Internet on the Open Sea

The way I get Internet connectivity on the open sea is by Iridium sat phone with data kit and Ocens e-mail software. The Sat Phone will set you back a $1000 or so, the air-time is about a buck a minute and the baud is 9 KBPS (that's right nine! slower than a bad dial-up) so don't plan on browsing. The Ocens e-mail software using compression bundles up you e-mails on both ends, automates the connection process through your sat phone minimizing the time on line...sometimes down to 30 seconds to receive and transmit e-mails.

Ocens also offers a weather service which is equally efficient at bringing down various preselected weather maps and for my money (and life) beats the heck out of trying to get faxes off of SSB. Iridium works everywhere and all the time. Not so with SSB.
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