A personal tracking GPS device is a cost-effective possibility that allows text communication, location tracking, and emergency alerts in the unlikely event that you get lost at sea, or anywhere. A personal GPS tracker device may be welcome to have if you’re doing solo watches or plan to explore foreign lands on your own after the sailing adventure. Above all, don’t fall overboard. Ever. I only got a personal GPS tracker after my 4th Atlantic Crossing and wished I got it from my very first offshore sailing passage. Since last Atlantic crossing with 50 knots of wind and solo watches, I’m not compromising on this safety device. After a serious investigation of personals locator beacons the best personal GPS tracker I found is the Garmin Inreach Mini. Still affordable, as small and light as it can get and with 2-way communication possibilities.
I’ve now also used is for thru hiking in remote areas.