Log daily position reports and weather observations from vessel over HF radio to my coast station.
Offer 24-48 hours weather prediction using PredictWind ECMWF model.
Accept and deliver radio traffic between vessel & shore parties, including family & authorities.
Radio coverage includes North & South Pacific Oceans, Coral and Tasman Seas.
Free of charge and available most days of the year, service is activated by email or sat phone call 24 hours prior to departure.
Includes technical advice on how to get the best out of your HF / SSB radio!
Use as evidence to prove passage sea time in lieu of quarantine days when entering your destination port.
Reports on any passage, anywhere in the world!
The report consists of a screenshot of your vessel's track from departure port to destination port, and a CSV format file containing the daily positions at noon.
Data is gathered using my MarineTraffic global un-delayed satellite AIS subscription.
This report is NOT available for free on MarineTraffic.com!
Requires an AIS transponder on your vessel.
"Every day for 59 days Peter accompanied us on our crossing from Panama to Australia via the HF / SSB radio."
"When we had a shroud break, he assisted us on finding a safe haven in times of Covid so we could conduct repairs".
"It was comforting to have Peter to talk to on a daily basis."
"A thousand thanks Peter for your assistance and providing weather reports; it's a big ocean out there!!"
KAREL & PHIL - SV TEHANI LI
The Down Under Dash has been specifically created to assist vessels & crew members aboard vessels who have applied for and been granted an exemption to the current Australian Travel Restrictions, to make landfall in Australia at the Port Of Bundaberg.
I am the owner and radio operator at Pacific Maritime Radio.
Previously Northland Radio, my station has provided safety related services to recreational vessels since 2016.
I am a sailor with both coastal and ocean experience.
My background as an Internet entrepreneur, professional radio engineer and amateur radio operator supports my passion for keeping cruisers safe at sea.
We were so lucky to have had Peter 'onboard' for our latest passage, Fiji to NZ, in highly unpredictable spring weather.
Knowing that Peter was watching over us helped me keep my sanity in amongst three preschool aged children and a husband who is new to Bluewater sailing.
Thank you once again, Peter!
- ANNI K URZE / SV LUNA C
Peter has provided us with a wonderful service, it is a big ocean out there and to have someone to check in with nightly makes you feel a little more secure. We sailed from New Zealand to Vanuatu, to Fiji, to Wallis Island then to Western and American Samoa, over to Tonga and then up to Suwarrow, Christmas Island and finally arrived in Honolulu Hawaii with Peter there for us every day of our passages.
- RAY AND CHICGAILA / SV SEA NOTE
Our passage from Vanuatu to New Zealand this year was greatly assisted by Peter.
It is so comforting to hear a friendly voice which is calm and giving lots of relevant weather information from which to make decisions.
We have 18 years of blue water sailing experience, and consider Peter's HF / SSB service a MUST when on passage in the South Pacific.
- IAN & CINDY SMITH / SV OCEAN REACH
Peter's powerful radio system proved very useful for getting information via my SSB radio on the many weather systems heading my way while on my recent nonstop, single-handed circumnavigation.
Peter gave me as much of his time as was needed, using PredictWind and the European weather model (ECMWF), to supplement the GFS model (from NOAA) that I already had access to, in order to try to help me avoid the worst of storm systems and stay safe.
- JEANNE SOCRATES / SV NEREIDA
On behalf of our yachtie friends & ourselves, we'd like to thank you for the service you provide to all seafaring people.
20+ years ago the same friends who have recently had communications with you, got caught up in an unexpected and unavoidable bad weather event.
The comfort for them was we were able, in those days, to communicate via ships radio and document their daily position.....just like you are doing nowadays.
Times like those are when the relevance of someone being able to plot your last known position, becomes apparent.
It is so VITAL in case of mishaps.
So Peter - once again, thank you. You are obviously a very generous & compassionate man.
Keep up the good work!!!
- JUDY & MACE BOGART
If you would like to support me in keeping cruisers safe at sea, please consider a single or regular donation via my PayPal Account.
Donations assist with paying for satellite AIS, web site hosting and station licensing.