A fellow Whitby owner asked a question about SSB receivers. While my ultimate choice for long distance cruising communications is an Icom M802, I have to accept that this is a $2K+ investment which may be overkill for the US East Coast and the Bahamas.
My short term solution, and one that I had on my last boat, is a Sitex Nav-Fax 200 SSB receiver.
(Search around as prices vary a lot).
This worked very well for listening to Chris Parker and his predecessor David Jones.
I also used it to download weather faxes onto a laptop with varying
degrees of success. An interesting development is the availability of
iPad apps to download weather faxes from the SSB receiver. I have not
used this yet but it looks promising;