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Duke, a friend of ours is currently departing Balboa, Panama for the So Pac and is posting his position occasionally (for the same reason; interested friends...) but he has no onboard email capability. I''m not sure if there''s a Net he uses for this purpose but I could send you that info if you''re interested. OTOH if you plan on adding a TNC ''modem'' to the SSB installation, then you can do this using Airmail on your laptop.
There''s a lot to say on the subject of selecting, installing and using a SSB aboard a boat and, along with the fact a BB isn''t the right place to dig into it, I''m surely not a real expert - just a satisfied customer for the last 12 years and two boats. One source you might start with is the readily available, cheap ''Installing a SSB on a Boat'' pub (title may vary just a bit) offered at www.ssca.org in their ''Store'' site - just go to Publications and you''ll see it right away. It''s basic but deals with all the important issues and recognizes boats come in many shapes, materials and with varying rigs - all of which play a role in a SSB install.
Since it appears you''ll be new to SSB use, another suggestion is to plug into your local ham club. Even if you don''t end up taking the tests, you''ll rub shoulders with guys who understand (or in some cases, ''think'' they understand...) a lot about installing SSBs in planes, RVs, boats, etc. as well as homes. They can be a real help to someone low on the learning curve and, as I think you''ll universally find, hams are usually very much into paying it forward and public service.
Let me know if I can help any more.