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04-08-2011 12:13 PM
labatt I have to say - the Sirius satellite weather option I got for my Raymarine Chartplotter was worth its weight in gold. We could almost predict to the second when we would be hit by a storm. I remember coming up the NJ coast from Norfolk to NYC and getting hit by 70kt winds. The Coast Guard never put out a weather alert but we had been following the fronts on the Sirius for half the day. We even called the CG at one point to ask them if they had more info on the winds at the leading edge of the storm - and were told it wasn't bad with only 12-15kt winds. Looking at the lightning strikes and density of the storm, along with the storm speed (>50kts) we knew it would be worse, and were all prepped when it actually hit us. Without the Sirius we could have been seriously injured or worse. Anyway - I know it's slightly off topic, but I just wanted to point out that there are multiple tools that can provide great safety while out sailing.
04-02-2011 06:47 AM
SVAuspicious Remember that the computer models that generate gribs don't show fronts, and fronts are what you care about the most in the Bahamas.
04-01-2011 06:26 PM
labatt GRIB files are small (big if you aggregate a lot of info together though) weather files that can be downloaded to weather software on your PC or chartplotter. They contain wind, temp, wave, pressure, etc. Check out GRIB.US > Home and UGrib.
03-23-2011 08:40 AM
cskaplan
how do you get email from a Gstar phone?

email would be a good solution for us. Gstar is super cheap compared to the others right now. We may also pick up a T-mobile phone and a bahamas SIM for it. I don't think we would even need to activate it with T-mobile.
If Wi-Fi is available I like skype, it's cheap and it works.
We will be cruising the Bahamas for a couple of months and like to get away from the busy islands, so I don't think we will find much WiFi.
BTW, what's a grib?
01-25-2011 12:35 PM
QuickMick here is a decent review of the kvh and and iridium model, which also discusses pricing. NOT CHEAP!!

SatCom Upgrades | Yachting Magazine
01-25-2011 12:22 PM
speciald Globalstar has launched their first set of new sattelites and will have two more launches by Spring. Coverage should improve. The advantage is you can get email without buying a data plan for your phone that may not be available in the Bahamas. We use our Globalstar to get gribs for navigation and can get web pages using an accelerator.
01-25-2011 11:00 AM
sailingdog They are owned by Globalstar and use Globalstar's network. However, the data portion of the Globalstar network hasn't had the problems the voice side has had.
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Originally Posted by mdbee View Post
Although, I wouldn't say this would make a substitute for a satellite phone, it might make a good supplement for communications:

SPOT Connect

You would of course need to find more information of which satellite system they use and maybe some feedback from current users.
01-25-2011 10:51 AM
mdbee Although, I wouldn't say this would make a substitute for a satellite phone, it might make a good supplement for communications:

http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=116

You would of course need to find more information of which satellite system they use and maybe some feedback from current users.
01-25-2011 06:26 AM
ebs001 You buy the SIM card and the minutes from Betelco.
01-24-2011 06:06 PM
mangotree123
Airtime for Bahamas Sim Card

You can buy airtime cards for your bahamas sim card and also bahamas calling cards at ezminutes.com
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