Yes, sailnet has been rather unreliable as of late.
Don't forget to mark your gear clearly with your name and phone number at a minimum.
Also, if your gear, like the GPS, requires AA batteries, the ones I recommend getting are the Energizer Lithium AA batteries, often called photo lithium batteries, since they're often recommended for camera flashes and digital cameras. They last about four times as long as standard alkaline AA batteries and are a bit lighter. Better yet, they tolerate cold weather far better and have a really long shelf life, provided they're kept in reasonable temperatures and dry—about 10 years without significant loss in strength.
Most of the safety gear on my boat, like the PFD vest strobes, flashlights, laser flare, and backup GPS have them installed. My ditch bag has two dozen of them in it, in sealed pelican cases, to keep them dry.
The last advantage of the Lithium AA batteries is that they tend not to leak and corrode as alkaline AA batteries will if left in a piece of equipment for a long period of time. The Maglite i have in my truck has had a set in it for over five years and still is just fine.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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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