YELLOWBRICK Tracker – S.Y. Banyandah

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Highly recommended by Jack and Jude – Yellowbrick GPS tracker and messenger

Jack and Jude are very pleased to suggest the Yellowbrick GPS tracker to the sailing community:

remote communications

Perfect communications tool for remote locations

For many years we cruised the world’s oceans with our friends and family wondering if we were safe on the high seas. Even today, Jack recalls the relief in his dad’s voice after he completed a gruelling 45 day leg across the notorious North Pacific.

Now of course, it’s such a simple solution to take a Yellowbrick with you on your trip, and everyone can follow you on a simple web page. But there’s so much more to these devices than just a location on a map.

As always, our yacht has an EPIRB and Personal Location Beacon, both of which will set off a MAYDAY response, activating a full search and rescue when all that might be required is a little support from back home when we’re nowhere near mobile or VHF range. Or we may, when hundreds of miles away from typical communications range, just want to let the kids at home know that things are running well.

And from what our friends back home have told us, they absolutely love to follow our progress on the Yblog, which gets so many hits.

For such an affordable cost we have got a bulletproof device that mounts under our plywood dodger and automatically communicates with the Iridium satellite system, although we prefer to send manual reports easily done at key waypoints. We can even connect to it from our iPod to send and receive messages costing us less than $0.20 per 50 characters.

G-Layer at Byron Bay are the guys you should to talk to. They’re incredibly helpful with everything, and an eco-friendly operation as well.”

Logo_g-layerJohn Murphy and Italian Gionny have worked for many years helping planet Earth with Green Peace, and teaching basic seamanship, bar crossings, coastal navigation and passage planning. We really like them, they made everything easy.



moistureWe thought the Yellowbrick needed to have clear view of the heavens to communicate with the satellites and therefore mounted it on our aft deck tower. After all, it is waterproof to a high military spec. But on the tower are our solar panels which reflected intense heat onto the Yellowbrick. The result – the seals deteriorated and the unit let in mositure.

Johnny to the Rescue
Working with G-Layer means you receive great service and advice. Johnny took our unit in for inspection. When we needed replacement, Johnny talked us through the problems and solution. “Try mounting it under cover,” he told us. Send out manual position reports in selected locations and see if the unit communicates with the satellites. It only took a few minutes for us to find a totally protected location that works efficiently. And now we have a unit that will give perfect service for many year to come. Thank You G-Layer.

Works perfectly under a plywood roof.

Works perfectly under a plywood roof.



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