A non-profit of yacht owners that operates a network of FCC licensed, two-way, private coast stations in the Maritime Mobile Radio Service. Requires an SSB radio, HF modem, and computer on board, plus membership in the association. Their website explains everything very carefully, and is a good place to learn about SSB installation and tuning, avoiding spam, and other aspects of marine e-mail.


Unusual bosun's chair that permits the operator to climb the mast safely without any help from the deck. Using rock climbing "ascenders" and adding a seat, the TopClimber uses leg power to climb and descend. Permits you to get your head and chest above the halyard sheave to work on masthead fittings.