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Spot, DeLorme Trackers?

I plan to sail south this fall. I am considering a Spot Tracker so that my wife will know my location, and get "We're Okay" messages if offshore. I don't have or want SSB or satellite phone. When inshore I can call or text. For emergencies I have an EPIRB. But I think it would be nice if she could check our progress when out of touch or outside cell coverage. Anyone use these? Like them, hate them? Prefer one over the other? Thanks.
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I have a gen3 spot, got it to use on a trip to the Keys , use it on the road.(OTR driver)

I like it easy to use and was easy to set up the preset out going messages. The battery life was not a year as I was told by SPOT more like 5 months the usb power port works fine but is not water proof.

You can set up a list of contacts , email and cell, to get out going messages no incoming.

only Cost $149 a year for service.

All in all i like the Spot, and plan on taking it to the boat when i go sailing as planned.

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Re: Spot, DeLorme Trackers?

SPOT has a few levels of service. I have the Basic. Push the on button, then the OK button. When the OK button stops blinking turn off SPOT. It can take a minimum of 20 minutes for SPOT to send the OK message. Depending on the computer server, it can take a while for your OK Message to be received by loved ones. Being forgetful to turn on SPOT, heavy cloud cover, or no satellite coverage for the area will cause loved ones to worry. Following IM2F, there were times there was not an OK message. I wondered why? To extend battery life I turn SPOT off after the OK message is sent. I usually send twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. I use SPOT on land and ocean trips.
The children enjoy seeing where we are located. We also get questions regarding, why we did not send.
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Been using an older spot for years, love it!

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Using the original SPOT with the mapping function that costs extra - SPOT is durable and reliable and we have tracked our progress over 20,000 miles over the last 3 years. For ours, we have to turn it on and restart every 24 hours. It sends a message every 10 minutes...sure it misses a few, but not many. Worked great in the US, med, Caribbean and all points in between. It's a no brainer.
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Re: Spot, DeLorme Trackers?

Had a buddy take the DeLorme on a delivery from RI to the Caribbean a couple of seasons back. He thought it was great. Two way text capability offshore. I think you can get some kind of weather info now too, but not a grib file.


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I have friends who own and use both solutions. One just bought a DeLorme to replace his Spot. Wanted the 2 way message ability. He likes it a lot and would recommend it over the Spot.

Big downside is you need an internet connection to be on the receiving end. Thus when we are sailing in loose company and I have no internet there is not way either system will let me track where he is.

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Re: Spot, DeLorme Trackers?

I bought the Delorme tracker last Aug when I crewed on a passage across the Gulf of Alaska. I was going to get a Spot but at the store found the Spot system isn't reliably covered in Alaska. The two-way texting on the Delorme was handy. I also liked that I could "pay by the month" since sailing season here is April to September….no sense paying for winter months if not using it.

Here is the track and comm reports for that crossing. I had it set to plot a position every 4 hours. In addition I would send an "All OK" occasionally. You can click on the position dots or the msg squares to see course, time, speed, etc.

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Re: Spot, DeLorme Trackers?

I own an Delorme InReach... One of the best devices I have ever bought.. Two way messaging anywhere for $80/month.

On my last trip, I accidentally left it turned on coming home. I have one point on my track somewhere over the USA at 38,000 ft! LOL

I suggest you look on Craigslist or Kijiji for a used device. People buy them for a single trip and then sell them for 1/2 or less. I picked mine up for 1/3 and it was 1 month old.
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Re: Spot, DeLorme Trackers?

We use a basic spot for the past 5 years to keep family infod on loc and that we are ok. Tied the 411 button to tow boat US, used that once. Great piece of kit, not expensive, and suits us fine for US and Bahamas cruising where internet is realitively accessable. Planing to head further afield in a year and will likely move to an inreach with its 2 way text capability then.
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