DIG­I­TAL MAIL CALL

SAIL - - Cruising Undersail - Bill Cullen, the­bookof­sail.com

If you’re cruis­ing for a few weeks or longer, how do you deal with your mail? Aboard out boat we’ve dis­cov­ered a ser­vice called USPS “In­formed De­liv­ery” that lets us check mail daily right from the com­fort of our cock­pit. Ba­si­cally, this free elec­tronic ser­vice gives you the abil­ity to dig­i­tally pre­view your let­ters and man­age pack­ages. Sub­scribers can au­to­mat­i­cally get a daily e-mail with pic­tures of the en­velopes de­liv­ered that day, or they can use a “dash­board” to look at a sum­mary of what has been de­liv­ered. (The dash­board dis­plays let­ter im­ages for a week and pack­age in­for­ma­tion dis­plays for 15 days.) From the dash­board, you can resched­ule de­liv­ery or change the de­liv­ery ad­dress of a pack­age. You can even start or stop de­liv­ery of mail, set up pass­port ap­point­ments, fill out cus­toms forms, track pack­ages and send your car­rier a mes­sage about the de­liv­ery of a pack­age. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit in­formed­de­liv­ery.usps.com. Aboard our boat, when we are cruis­ing for a month or two we also have a neigh­bor drop our mail through a mail slot at the house. If we see some­thing that needs to be looked at while we are gone, we have that same neigh­bor go in the house, open the en­ve­lope and send us a pic­ture of the con­tents.—

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