SPOT HUG, multifunction marine messenger

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.

4 Responses

  1. Hmmm . . . the “black box” doesn’t seem to do much for those of us with metal boats. I think it may be a nice toy for those with a few hundred extra bucks lying around. Definitely not a replacement for an EPIRB.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m pretty sure the box is waterproof, Michael, so it could go on a cabin top or in a deck box. I totally agree that it’s not the same level of distress device as an EPIRB, but it does a lot of things an EPIRB doesn’t. Also there’s a case to be made that in some locales with poor governmental SAR resources you might get more help via GEOS than via COSPAS SARSAT.
    Are you cruising away from winter again this year?

  3. Scott E says:

    Speaking of SPOT-2… It was supposed to released 3rd quarter of this year. We well into the 4th quarter now… :-/

  4. mrfugu says:

    Between this device (SPOT in general) and the Iridium messenger previously mentioned, it would seem that these manufacturers would be wise to link to a user definable semaphore/code book, as was used by military vessels in the Age of Sail.
    I had great success carrying a SPOT on an offshore delivery this spring, but would have enjoyed (on a limited budget) something more than the 2 canned messages (ok/help). I easily could have made do with 30 or 40 different messages. It would have been handy, and still stayed within budget.

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