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Old 07-05-2018, 05:35 PM
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Default GPS 2way messaging

Do any of y`all have any type of GPS messaging system. I`ve looked at a few online, and would like y`alls opinions. Maybe even where to get one. A few times I`ve stayed a little late on the water, and got in a little trouble when I got back in. It would be nice to be able to send a text saying "I`m running late the fish are biting,"
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:39 PM
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I use spot for that. It's only one way but works for what I need.
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:42 PM
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I have a Spot so the women folk can track us from land, and we also carry an Inreach from garmin. It works good if the people on land want to talk to you, but I usually go fishing to not talk to people on land. it works good, and gets more use then the SAT phone.
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:43 PM
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I've been using the Garmin Inreach Explorer+. Has worked great for me on the water and when hunting in the mountains under moderate tree cover.

https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:52 PM
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Garmin InReach is awesome... You can connect it to your cell phone via bluetooth and text like normal from within the app no matter where you are on earth.
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:33 AM
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I found a Spotx in Biloxi. I think I'm going to try that
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:19 AM
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to bad the spotx doesn't have Bluetooth as it has subscription plans for cheaper than the inreach.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:22 AM
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InReach is where it’s at. You can set pre programmed messages if you want. I just text from my phone, the $26 a month may be the cheapest part of owning a boat and fishing. It also is very convenient.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:33 AM
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I've used the InReach for the past several years. When I'm offshore my wife wants a text message every three hours. When we roll out I send her one so she knows we are leaving. Then I set an alarm on my phone to remind me every 3 hours. When I'm not fishing during cold weather months I suspend it. I use the freedom plan.

This past weekend my cousins were coming down to fish and I forgot my generator at my house so I texted them from about 70 miles out to pick it up on their way down. It is super handy, just make sure you tell everyone DO NOT REPLY as it'll cost you more money. I think the lowest plan gives you like 10 messages a month and then you pay per message after that.

I haven't found anything better than the InReach as of yet.

The nice thing about the InReach is they have an app that can run on your cell phone. So you set up Bluetooth from your phone to connect to your InReach. Then when you want to send a message you just open the app and send it. Way easier than doing it from the device itself.

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Old 07-11-2018, 12:50 PM
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SpotX did an excellent job the past few days. 10min text delivery was the longest time. I'll post any issues.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:45 PM
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For safety purposes is there really any reason to get the Inreach navigator version (orange) over just the communicator version (yellow)?
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Southern Hooker View Post
For safety purposes is there really any reason to get the Inreach navigator version (orange) over just the communicator version (yellow)?
Could be really useful if you got hit by lightning or some other problem arises that kills your navigation instruments.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:39 AM
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I got the SpotX and so far so good. Basic plan was 140$ a year and 200 messages. Takes a few min to go through but it’s not bad. Don’t have much use on it yet. Cheapest I found so far too.
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:40 PM
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I have an inReach and use it to stay in contact with wife and kids. Works very well, but it needs a clear signal to the sky. So sitting on the console under the hardtop, mine doesn't work so just have to consider that. I just put mine on the front box when we stop..
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:48 PM
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If my wife asked me to send her a message every 3 hours while I was offshore I would laugh at her. I prefer the lack of communication. I have a small floating EPIRB that will communicate the only thing I need communicated while offshore. COME GET ME NOW COASTGUARD. If I had a sportfisher I would want internet and sat TV as I would be out multiple days at a time.
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