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Hi all. This conversation has been around for along time. Talk to anyone who has done long passages and used SSB most say they would not do without out for all the reasons stated previously.
A person venture in out on a first passage are often put off by the price, and seem to compare it to Sat phones etc.
I think for safety Sat phones are a worthwhile consideration, and yet we never had one on Darramy.
The world that opens up with an SSB on passage does make inter vessel communication in my opinion an essential part of making a passage more fun. Interacting with other vessels makes new friends, and anyone who has used SSB on passage has a wonderful collection of friends who may eventually meet up on arrival or maybe not, the boats in front may have moved on, but you will usually meet up somewhere down the line.
I see the Med net is now getting going so we will be listening to that, though not sure how propagation will be in many of these Greek anchorages.
Sail Safe and enjoy
Brian and Sue
S/V Darramy. Enjoying the Peloponnisos 😎😎