We bought a GO from PredictWind (SatPhoneStore is the US hardware
provider) and installed it on a bulkhead near the nav station of our Tartan 34C. We put the external antenna on the arch near the solar panels
. Other than the usual issues with running a wire from here to there on a boat, it was fairly straightforward.
The Commodore, in her capacity as Science Officer, did all of the set-up and testing, and so far everything has worked as described. We got a distinct e-mail address for the GO, which we access with a Mac Air. We have also downloaded PredictWind weather forecasts on the move, when no cell or wifi signals were near. Same as at the dock
, about 4 - 6 minutes to download a week-long wind forecast
and any incoming e-mails.
Our biggest concern is the usage plan. We pay $95 a month for 150 data minutes and 5 talk minutes. That allows us roughly 25 connection/downloads per month, way more than we will ever use, since we only MOVE about 6 or 7 times a month and usually are able to find cell or wifi data (the Wilson cell phone
range extender is AWESOME for this). As a result, we are losing 80 - 90% of our paid-for "time" each month.
We keep it charged up so that if we ever have to abandon ship, the GO comes with us. We have waterproof cases on our phones to complete the kit as an emergency
On a scale of 1 - 10, I rate it like this:
- 8.5 (expensive but functions as described)
Ease of use - 8.5 (like any new gadget, a learning
Functionality - 9.0 (everything works; good thing we have a Mac/iphones)
plan - 4.0 (overpriced and no plan flexibility)
Overall rating - 7.0 (good, maybe even very good, but they'll get their clock cleaned when someone learns to send global weather files to your sat-informed GPS)
Your mileage may vary.......