We have a fancy device called a Delorme inReach (http://www.inreachdelorme.com/product-info for details) on board which we have finally got around to activating.
Put simply it is a simplified satellite phone without the phone ( think iTouch to iPhone) which gives us the ability to send a satellite SOS and a very limited number of text messages per month. It isn’t a replacement for a EPIRB which I already have but I saw it as a secondary back up system if needs must and a cheap way of having some limited satellite comms on board
For the purpose of this site, it also allows us to track and map ourselves on our trip. We have set it up initially for a ping every hour. We will see how the battery lasts.
If anyone knows how to properly embed this map directly into the page, grateful for comments and pointers. At the moment, we can’t even get the machine to use a title in place of the URL. Again, any handy tips gratefully received.