In the 1970s and 80s, it was said that most people who quit the cruising life do not do so because of storms, pirates, or discomfort. They quit due to difficulty collecting mail, making phones, and in general, keeping in touch with friends and family.
In 2009, that has all changed. Communications is just as important, but much easier.
Here are resources that can help you meet your communications needs.
The primary frequency for cruisers is 14.313MHz. Numerous nets are conducted there at different times of the day.
- Winlink 2000 is a worldwide system of volunteer resources supporting e-mail by radio, with non-commercial links to internet e-mail.
- HF Cruising Net List from DockSide Radio
- MF & HF Channel Information from US Coast Guard
- The Caribbean Safety and Security Net
- SailMail is a non-profit (not free) association that provides email access via a variety means.
- Airmail is the email client used by SailMail and other marine email systems.
- OCENS, Inc
OCENS provides hardware, software and services for satellite phone, broadband, weather, and email.
- Voyagers Mail, Inc
Voyagers Mail Forwarding Service. Snail mail forwarding.
Extended range WIFI amplifier and antenna system.