Sailing WX Offshore with Satellite Phones: Iridium Go! & Delorme, Slow Boat Sailing S2E2

Captain Linus learns how to get offshore weather forecasts with the Iridium Go! and Delorme InReach satellite phones in their first week crossing the Pacific Ocean from La Liberad, Ecuador to Hiva Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia. No satellite phone or weather app maker sponsored this video. Linus tells you what he learned using some of the most popular sat phone weather apps and devices. He tells you what apps work and what ones do not.

The best apps are the two free ones for the Iridium Go! The Iridium Go and Iridium Mail and Web apps are all you need to get all the weather forecasts you need. With the ability to send a text-only e-mail, you can request all the weather forecasts you want with the command. By sending an blank e-mail to you can get the codes for all the weather products you need such as wind or current GRIB files. You also need a GRIB file reader such as iGRIB or Pocket GRIB. The expensive apps such as Weather 4D, Predict Wind, and Ocens OneMail did not work at all or had major flaws. With satellite phones you cannot surf the web. You can only send and receive basic e-mails and very low resolution photos. A file bigger than 50kb will take forever to download or upload.

The Slow Boat Sails south of the Galapagos Islands in days 3 to 6 of the 3,500 nautical mile passage. They struggle against headwinds at first and light winds after that. The boat sails close hauled initially but moves to a beam reach and broad reach by the end of the video. Winds are between 5-12 knots on this part of the passage. Ben starts standing watch on his own. Sahia celebrates her birthday on the boat.

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One thought on “Sailing WX Offshore with Satellite Phones: Iridium Go! & Delorme, Slow Boat Sailing S2E2”

  1. This is some really good information about sailing offshore. I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to get some weather apps or devices. After all, you wouldn’t want to get caught in a storm. It does seem like it would be smart to get a satellite phone. That way, if you need help you can get small.


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