Google postion markers

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  1. Manie B
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  2. CDK
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    On board: any device that records the position, like a marine gps or a laptop with a usb-gps. Waypoints are the easiest, you can transfer the list to a pc.

    At home: a computer with a Google map. With the edit function a symbol is added for each waypoint.

    Several hobbyists and small companies use software to plot a complete trip at once, but you can also do it manually in just a few minutes.
    www.geosports.nl is dedicated to online plotting for sailing events.
     
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    Same question put another way
    If i am sitting in the middle of nowhere, how could my wife know where i am
    looking for a cheap / economical method NOT the mega buck stuff that only volvo can afford
     
  5. yipster
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    if you have lat and longtitude by fe gps you can send that home by fe satphone..

    "we" the dutch have laura, 13 or 14 now i belive who wanted to be the youngest
    she was pulled back from south america by the justice dept but gets another chance
    here an article with a cartoon that shows next up for around "we" have an embryo
     

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  6. CDK
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    If you really are in the middle of nowhere, there still are possibilities like an Iridium sat-phone (not cheap, but also not "mega buck") or an amateur band shortwave transceiver. In coastal areas and with the proper equipment (amplifier) you can communicate with a cell phone antenna up to 50 miles away.
    Personally I would call from the next port.
     
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    Oh well no cheap possibilities for now
    maybe a good thing :D
     
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    Manie, ever heard of a homing pigeon? Simple and cheap and potential food scourge when lost :D
     

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    OR, you could use a SPOT Transponder on your vessel... It has a built-in GPS and then sends a Position Message, at some preset Interval, which can be tracked on their Website. There is also a Distress Message that can be sent from a SPOT as well.... Poor Man's EPIRB.... AND is not a Government Owned, or Run, Outfit....
     
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