We used to have a FindMeSpot which was great at the time… but the Delorme InReach unit we have now is a significant improvement. Here are the benefits:
- this unit uses the Iridium satellites so works EVERYWHERE
- we can send our location automatically from anywhere
- we can send an SOS message from anywhere
- we can send and receive SMS messages from anywhere
- we can send updates to Facebook with our location
We leave the unit on 24/7 so we can be reached in an emergency at any time. We leave the unit plugged into power so it never dies (note we had to modify the case to allow this). We place the unit directly under a deck hatch so the unit sees the sky (in a plastic boat this would likely not be necessary). We always turn on tracking whenever we are moving so our friends and family know where we are.
Chantal’s Mom jokes that this is the first time since Chantal was 2 that she always knows where her daughter is.