Re: SSB and watermakers
We have sailed the same stretch of water and we had a lot of fun. Don't skip Flores in the Azores, it's very special! It's a bit out of the way, but it is definitely worth it!
We have used (and are still using) an Icom SSB radio and we are very happy with it. When you are in Bermuda you will meet other yachties that will sail the same route as you and most of the time (when we were there as well) somebody (or you) will set up a net for the passage. Different people will have access to different weather sources and will share that over the net. Sat phones etc. are not at all necessary and far too expensive. Once you have the SSB radio, everything is for free! We have an iridium phone but use it only in case of an emergency. There are nets on the SSB radio, ham and non-ham that you can listen to or participate in. Tons of weather info is always available on the net. I cannot tell you which frequencies though, we traveled the Atlantic 7 years ago and things might have changed.
Have fun, we loved Bermuda but the Azores were really special and it still has that special place in our hearts!
Duncan & Irene, SV MOOSE, Malaysia
Duncan & Irene - Duncan is from Canada, Irene from Holland, but both of us consider Curacao our home country, since we have lived there for quite a while before we started cruising.
Moose is a steel cutter and has taken us so far for 35,000 miles almost around the world.
We have just arrived in Richards Bay, South Africa and we have decided to stay here for a year. We have visited a game park and it completely blew our minds away......