I used to be; ended-up coastal cruising ‘sail bum’ a little over 6 years, but now eyes have faded and my knees are gone. Even the surgeon told me that I ‘have no business on a blue water boat, or even a day sail in anything more than a flat sea anymore’.
I ran PIII aboard for weather on demand and personal comms, both Ham and SailMail (for business). My GRIBs I fed into OpenCPN(?) for better use of the data and having it overlaid on e-charts (free ). When near shore, there were MOST always McMansions with LOUD wifi I could pyrate (Haaar! and thanks for showing me THAT bag of tricks, Marcinko!) . Even sent/received marine Morse traffic through KSM Bolinas , Ca. the last U.S. coastal station using Morse - to this day , but Saturdays only. ( I could never send 20 meg/day of traffic though ha ha )
Now, I’m back in N. Idaho and enjoying and the only boat I own, is our wooden dinghy I turned into a book shelf
Sorry - TMI, but great memories, even for a ‘just coastal boat’.
RadioRay …_ ._
Ps. I had friends in that Boxing Day disaster. WINLINK kept us in touch as I fed them parsed news, status of other cruisers, ports and etc. they could not get locally.