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Old 13-10-2010, 08:09   #16
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Elemein, it sounds like you're more interested in and familiar with the technology pertaining to remaining connected to the world than you are with the sailing aspects of moving from place to place around the globe. I would suggest that you think more about the sailing aspects.

You could learn a lot about both the sailing and technology roadblocks by learning everything you can about sailing solo around the planet while keeping your family and interested onlookers informed of your progress and problems. Luckily, two of your contemporaries have already done this for you.

Google Jjessica Watson and Abby Sunderland (and her brother Zac) and you will find enough material to keep you reading for a long time. Keep in mind, these young girls were sponsored, so there was someone else worrying about the cost / paying the bills, but the bottom line is that someone has already blazed a trail for you - learn everything they did, then look for a better / cheaper way to do the same thing.

An even better idea might be to set as your personal goal the creation of the solution to the problem you're addressing. If you come up with the hardware / software solution to the problem, and one that puts 24 / 7 connectivity at a reasonable price within reach of the masses, you will become so wealthy that you can have a Maltese Falcon of your own to take you anywhere you want, whenever you want.

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Old 13-10-2010, 09:06   #17
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Still not fast enough? Then you need a Fleet or Inmarsat system. BGAN IDSN (64Kbps) will run you $5.99/minute plus your monthly base charges. Need even more speed? BGAN IP streaming @128kbps will cost you $9.15/minute plus base rates.

You can rent a BGAN IDSN Inmarsat for $40/wk plus base and connect charges. That may be a solution.
I had BGAN once. A couple of my trips to Afghanistan I ended up going out to places without internet. The intention was to use it for college and anything more, I would end up going over my usage limit. The plan I had was 100MB per month. I ended up going over a couple times. I can say, it works great! Even better than the internet we had at our base. Downside is that it's expensive for someone like me without a lot of income.
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Old 13-10-2010, 09:20   #18
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But Rogers says I can

and I've still got about 6 years (Im only fourteen) until I start getting into the nitty gritty of the sailing and live-aboard lifestyle.
6 years might as well be a lifetime in hi-tech, especially in regards to WAN connections. It's been less than 10 years since dial-up was the standard. We've come a long way since then. I'll assume that you have the money ironed out and will be able to afford to buy and live on a boat by the time you're 20 yrs. old. When that time comes, the options you're looking at now will be obsolete, and the options you'll have will be significantly different.
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The current best method is Inmarsat Fleetbroadband , available in 150 , 250 and 500Kps all at about 10 dollars/megabyte. Stabliased antenna, virtual worldwide coverage, always on. etc,

The no problem Elemein, you just need moolah.

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Google Jessica Watson and Abby Sunderland (and her brother Zac) and you will find enough material to keep you reading for a long time. Keep in mind, these young girls were sponsored, so there was someone else worrying about the cost / paying the bills, but the bottom line is that someone has already blazed a trail for you - learn everything they did, then look for a better / cheaper way to do the same thing.


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