Tethering using a mobile hot spot is terrific. I recall the days on board without cell phone coverage. We use the tethered phone to bring www onto a NUC computer and HP monitor powered by a buck 12v>19v transformer. No inverter use! I have a T mobile with unlimited data / hotspot so that's pretty cool too... all for $40/mo! That's a lot of connectivity for very little cash.I'm at the 3-mile line and since the seas are empty of anything I can bump into I've gone below to see if I still have internet (I'm using a tethered phone and it is a wonderful feeling to be connected while underway).
It turns out he'd just been dismasted off Cape May, he had a harrowing story and said his bolt-cutters (he described it as a massive one) didn't work with the stainless rigging even though they chewed through his anchor chain like butter. He did have electrical power and a cutting tool which he used to get rid of the mast and rigging before it holed his boat...
If the seas remain this empty I'll see if I can get some pictures posted - I was at it "culling the herd" until 22:00 last night when I gave up.
I dread having to cut my shrouds f\in a dismasting... they are 10mm and require something really serious to do the job I would like to read real world accounts of how to deal with this emergency.
Looking forward to viewing your captures from the journey.