Thanks to modern technology, we will rarely be totally unreachable for long periods. It is, however, unrealistic to expect a message to reach us right away, and do not expect to get an instant reply if we are away from shore or just not in the first world.
If we are not out on the ocean you can send us an email to our regular email addresses. Normally these will get checked a few times a week depending on the status of the local internet connections.
If we are in the USA you can certainly try our phones! Most places we go have cell service, but not all.
If we are out on the ocean, we can send and receive 1000 character text messages for free from our satellite phone service. When we are sailing, this is by far the best way to get in touch. Since it’s free, we’re happy to hear from you!
Send your message just like you would send a text message to anyone else, except it IS an international phone number. The Iridium satellite system is actually organized in the phone system like it’s own country. The number to use from a phone in the USA is: 011-8816-2344-0010
You can access the same system by email. send a text only email of less than 160 characters to 881623440010 @ msg.iridium.com. Longer messages will be truncated, and we won’t see all of it! We might not get the message for a day or two, but it will eventually arrive.
Unlike text messages, satphone calls are VERY not free and the chances of catching us when the phone is on are pretty low. Voice mail doesn’t work well, text messages are much more efficient.
If you are a fellow cruiser, you might get in touch with us by SSB, our MMSI number is 368640000, call sign WDI 8494. We have an Icom 710, so no DSC capabilities.