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What is not reliable about your SSB receiver? I've found weather faxes to be a great way to get weather information.
Marsh Harbour to Beaufort NC is only 3 or 4 days. If you have good weather info when you leave you should be fine -- you can't really move fast enough to miss anything big, but other than afternoon thunderstorms you won't often see something big that wasn't apparent a couple of days earlier when you left.
Your choice of course.
There aren't any good portable solutions other than sat phones. Google "rent satellite phone" for sources. You should be able to get an Iridium phone (Globalstar stills has connection issues that can be horribly frustrating) for about $100 / week including data kit. Most ship with a reusable box to return the phone. Airtime is $1.50 - $2.00 / minute.
No experience renting one to ship to the Bahamas. Good luck with that part!
I'm not sure if that helps you much. I do my own weather routing so I can't help there.
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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