Sea Smart 3, & what about Rescue 21?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. DM says:

    What I found underwhelming is their roll out schedule. In a business (IT) where the hype far exceeds reality, and the value propositions are all in the eye of the beholder. This is a definite wait and see.

  2. Russ says:

    I’m afraid I also don’t share your enthusiasm. From San Francisco to Monterey the cell phone coverage is fine at least 8-10 miles offshore.
    As others have said, I can reach the CG from well offshore. The inbound calls might actually be more interesting since I can never know why or when somebody will want to reach me.
    In general, I’m also not interested in yet another monthly subscription service, charge me by the call. Perhaps the commercial fisherman or sport fisherman who travel further offshore will find it appealing.

  3. JGB says:

    I’ve e-mailed Sea Smart to no avail, so does anyone have an answer on whether they will incorporate SSB?
    Your MMSI also covers MF/HF transmissions & this could be a fantastic way to keep in touch offshore.
    Combined with SCAMP, you’d have a phenomenal worldwide comms/data setup for not much more than equipment costs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am afraid it may turn in to another Maritel… With the advent of the ICOM M802 DSC capabilities and Shipcom’s ability to make phone calls… Do we really need Sea Smart?

  5. Jeff says:

    There is nothing about this Sea Smart thing that appeals to me. My cell phone seems to work for a good 5 or more miles offshore. With an external antenna, I’d probably pick up a few more miles. I really don’t want another fee to bridge the gap from 10 miles to maybe 50 miles offshore. For many people going that far or doing a crossing, they’ll have SSB anyway.
    It seems to me to be a major limitation that it is only ship-to-shore. As a safety thing, sure, I want to be able to call from my boat. But I also want to receive emergency calls from land-based family members when I’m cruising.
    Finally, I really doubt that the centrally-based call center is going to be an appropriate place to get restaurant or marina suggestions. Will marinas pay a fee to SeaTow to get special mention?
    All in all, I think that technology has marched way past this re-branded old idea…

  6. gshepard says:

    Just used the system on a trip from Ft Myers>Islamorada>Key West and back.
    Phone system great to Marathon om Fl East coast & Everglades City on FL west coast.
    Seasmart tracking ability is great safety feature.
    Maybe a little big brother watching, as in mother in law asking why we were stopping here and there.
    But fabulous when my brother borrows the boat!

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