We are full time cruisers and no longer own a home. So, how do we handle mail? Many people have asked me about this. Fortunately, we found a great solution that came highly recommended.
First of all, we moved everything to electronic statements and payments that are made automatically. We also do Online Banking and Mobile deposits. That was the easy part. Try as we may, not everything comes electronically and we still needed to receive regular mail.
The internet is a wonderful thing for finding information. One website that I follow is www.theboatgalley.com. This site has become one of my Go-To sites when I need to know something about boating and everyday living. She had recommended a company that has been in business for over 25 years and caters to cruisers, RV’ers and people who work overseas. St. Brendan’s Isle is based out of Green Cove Springs, FL. Their website is www.sbimailservice.com.
We have now been using it for 6 months and could not be happier. We did a change of address with the local post office and we completed their paperwork that gives us a street address and number. Our mail is received there and they first scan the envelope. We get a notification via email that we have mail. We are able to look at the envelope to determine if we would like the contents scanned or if they should shred it.
I read about their internal security measures and felt comfortable with their handling of privacy issues. If I tell them to scan the contents they scan all of the paperwork and if it is a check they will scan the front and back. We have been able to print the check information and complete a mobile deposit transaction. Once we are finished with the scan we would send it to be shredded.
There are times when we need to have the mail forwarded to us i.e. new credit cards or boat documentation. They will forward the mail to us at our next destination / marina. I usually try to accumulate enough held mail to make the forwarding worthwhile. We pay a monthly fee for the service and an additional fee for the forwarded mail. It has worked perfectly each time!
St. Brendan’s also performs other services for boaters. They know how to help establish residency, obtain a driver’s license and ship internationally with customs issues. The other added bonus is that we have told them to pitch our junk mail so that we never get any!
“Some things are just a mystery to me, while others are much too clear.” Jimmy Buffett