How do we receive our mail and packages when we are out cruising, traveling place to place? Fortunately, there are special mailing services that sailboat travelers can use to ensure you receive your mail. Joe and I signed up for St. Brendan’s Isle, a well known cruising mail service located in Florida. Specifically, we went for St. Brendan’s Isle “Cruiser’s Home Port” and their “Mail Scan Pro” services.
Cruiser’s Home Port mailing service allows several benefits including mail hold and forwarding, discount marine supply pricing, and they will even renew your USCG vessel documentation paperwork if you ask them to. Your mail goes to a physical address, and not a P.O. Box.
Mail Scan Pro feature is downright brilliant! The way it works is as follows: We receive mail to our St. Brendan’s Isle mailbox. They throw away the junk mail and scan in the envelope for you to view online. You next receive an email notification about your new mail, so you may go online to view. You can then electronically tell your mailing service to hold this mail, send the mail, shred it, or open the envelope and scan in the contents so you may view the content online.
In the example photo, shown above, I noticed we had a recent propane bill, so last night I clicked the button so it would be scanned in. This morning, the bill had indeed been opened and scanned in as a PDF so we could pay the bill. Love it!
Mailing businesses (like St. Brendan’s Isle) are not just limited to sailboat cruisers. They also work for RV and business travelers, medical personnel that travel, and Merchant Marines, too. You may also arrange for additional services, too, like voice mail, bill pay, and custom mailing services.
Cost for this service varies depending on your plan. The Cruiser’s Home Port plan cost $13.99 plus any shipping or forwarding fees. The Mail Scan Pro service plan cost depends on the number of envelope scans required a month. We have the standard plan, which costs an extra $7.99 per month, plus a one time sign up fee of $15.00. This plan allows for 40 envelope scans per month. There is also a nominal fee for having them open an envelope and scan it in for you to see.
Hope this info is helpful for any new sail cruisers or travelers.