Thoughts on communication
Even though we were several hundred miles south of the center of Tropical Storm Erika, we, and everyone else in Grenada, still felt her effects yesterday. We went from zero wind and glasslike water on Wednesday afternoon to 20-25 knots of wind and very choppy conditions all day yesterday. Of course, it was nothing close to what those north of us would have to deal with (some areas like Dominica were hit extremely hard). It was, however, bad enough that we opted to stay nearby the boat for most of the day, making it a good time to complete some more paperwork.
Now that we have a properly registered boat, I began the process of obtaining a new Radio Station License and new MMSI number for it. These are things that I have already done once before for ZTC but it was so long ago that I had to look up the process all over again.
Thinking about communication also prompted me to create a Facebook post about Satellite Phones. Carrying a Sat. phone was something that we considered long ago but given our intended cruising area, we opted against it. In hindsight, I think that was a perfectly reasonable decision as we have had no trouble with communication, either by Wi-Fi or cellular, up and down the island chain. Given that we plan to travel a bit farther off the beaten path though, I’m revisiting the idea. I would also hope that this technology has improved and/or lowered in price since we first set off cruising.