S/V Lilo, Islander 32
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lafayette, Oregon
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I think the confusion may be int he terminology, SPOT can tell you it sent the message, but doe snot know if it was received by the satellites or any other systems on the other end. Of course I do not own one, so I am not sure, but I think that's what the diffrent people might be saying?
I am a gadget geek and think the spot is very cool and useful, however I fear that on a long trip, if we set up to send messages every so often so people know we are OK, I know I will drop it in the bilge, let all the batteries die, or some how break the system and freak the family out when we do not check in for a few days.
I am still pondering if it is better to tell them "We will be fine, don't worry" and not check in regularly, or check in, but risk a major panic attack due to an accident?
I am thinking to get one, but only send an OK message if we are long over due but still OK. Kinda halfway in between. Being over due is likely, breaking the thing is likely, but having both go wrong and start a panic is a bit less likely.
Any other thoughts on the psychological side of spots on long distance cruising?
1964 Islander 32
Saint Helens, OR