For many decades, VHF radio has been the proven choice for medium-range boat-to-boat communications. Satellite telephones are a good option for voice comms when out of cellular reception — their drawback is a significant price tag. However, the new breed of satellite communicators fills a large need among the offshore-addicted.
These devices allow the user to exchange brief text messages with any cellphone or email address while beyond cell range, using a satellite subscription for worldwide reach. Many also offer 24/7 SOS capability, as well as built-in GPS for navigation, location and tracking, allowing the user to follow routes and set waypoints. These rugged devices are built to withstand the elements and are a great option to stay in touch.