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Old 26-01-2013, 10:53   #1
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Has anyone compiled a guide to Caribbean marinas based on quality of wifi?

We're about to make the transition from land to liveaboard, but I'm still active business-wise, so fast, dependable internet is essential. If a marina doesn't have this, it doesn't matter what else it does have. So has anyone rated marinas solely on that factor?
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Old 26-01-2013, 10:56   #2
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Re: Has anyone compiled a guide to Caribbean marinas based on quality of wifi?

Have you looked at Active Captain? Not sure if they do or not, but the easiest thing for you to do is figure out where you might be going and check a few marina reviews there.
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Re: Has anyone compiled a guide to Caribbean marinas based on quality of wifi?

If my experience of cruising the northeast coast is of any value to you, allow me to recommend an air card. I, too, have to work from the boat, and without the air card, I would be unable to. I suppose a satellite connection would be better, but I'm not willing to make that kind of an investment.

Based on my experience, if you're anchoring, forget about being able to connect via wifi. If you pick up a rented mooring, very few marinas have wifi that will reach out that far. In fact, I don't remember a single one. I have found that even when I rent a slip (which I rarely do) at a marina which purports to provide wifi, more often than not, I'm just outside the useful range. That's true even at my home marina.

For what it's worth.
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Re: Has anyone compiled a guide to Caribbean marinas based on quality of wifi?

I second DennisM's advice above. Even if someone else rates a marina highly things can change by the time you get there, or you happen to be there on the day when the Internet is out for some reason. Obviously, if you are planning on staying in some marina for awhile you should test out your own particular set up before committing to a long-term contract. On the other hand, if you just need to download emails and not have continuous high-speed WiFi there are various amplifiers, etc. which can provide decent service in some harbors, though not always reliably.
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