02 January 2005

Sail Mail

Tom & Amy can not receive anything sent to their HotMail accounts while at sea. So The Sandpiper has a Sail Mail account that allows them to send and receive emails while at sea by using a radio. Messages are sent over a very low-speed radio link.

Unlike normal email that you are used to at home and work, SailMail has restrictions. It is very low bandwidth and very basic. It can only handle a small amount of data. In order for it to work, the emails have to be short and sweet. They can not have attachments, or graphics, and must be text.

Another serious problem with Sail Mail accounts is spam. Because the bandwidth is so precious, it can not afford to waste data sending junk mail. So it is imperative that the Sandpiper's Sail Mail address must be kept out of the hands of spammers. So in order to do this, I can not publish that email address in a way that can be read by spammers hunting for victims.

Here is their address:

If you can not read the address in the above image, then send an email to Tom's brother Ron and ask for it. I (Ron) will email it back to you. Ron's email is: ron.d.larson@gmail.com.

Please observe the following rules when sending email to the Sandpiper's Sail Mail account.

  • Do not push the "reply" button to respond to any email received from SailMail. That is because it will include the text of the original email with the response. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW message to their email account.
  • If you DO use your reply button, be sure to delete the original message text and any SailMail instructions from your reply.
  • Replies may not contain attachments.
  • Email should be less than 5 kBytes (2 text pages) in length.
  • We trust that you will not post their SailMail email address on any other public forum where it can be snagged by spammers looking for new targets.
Thank you very much. And sorry about the inconvenience.
Ron Larson


Anonymous said...

try as I might I could not find any info on the type of boat you have. What is it?

nice site, enjoy it
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Ray & Judy, Paddy 7 Alison said...

hey Amy & Tom. we just bought you a beer! congratulations on popping out into the Med. We are all envious of your wonderful sailing adventures. Much love from
Ray & Judy sv Nereid ,in Darwin , leaving for Indo on Tuesday &
Paddy & Alison ex owners of sv Zafarse in darwin to see off the nereids and soon off to USA to buy another boat!!

Tom & Amy said...

Sorry that I am so late to reply about our boat. We are on a 35ft Yorktown Sloop built in 1976. These were kit boats and everyone ıs completly dıfferent.