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Old 15-09-2009, 01:04   #16
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Linda, wonderful and good luck.
Just do it, learn as you go. Dont overplan stuff, to many still at docks planning. Buy a local phonecard where you arrive. Theres nothing you can do anyways in the middle of an ocean, so relax.

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Old 15-09-2009, 03:14   #17
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There are solutions for constant internet at sea, but be prepared to spend a lot of money. Did I say a lot? I meant A LOT.

The INMARSAT line of "fleet brodband" products will gives you "1990s" speed internet.

The cost for the stabilized antenna dome and receiver is about $8,000.

I think the airtime costs about $1 per minute on the phone and like $8 per MB of data. Your very light usage (limited web surfing, weather, some chat, some email) would probably spend about $500/mo for light usage, plus the voice airtime (another $200/mo?).

So, with a budget of about $700/mo and an initial investment of about $10,000 for the hardware and installation. Also keep in mind they apparently can draw up to 100W of power, which would about double the amount my boat uses. :-)

Of course, the cost is coming down by the month, but keeping in mind that geosynchronous orbits are in short supply, I think the satellite bandwidth will always be a tad on the expensive side.

Perhaps a better solution is to agree to regular updates. Constant contact sort of defeats the purpose of a cruising lifestyle, doesn't it?'

An Iridium satellite phone can give you constant availability without constant expense. They run several dollars per minute, but don't require heavy investment and crippling monthly fees.


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Old 15-09-2009, 03:50   #18
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Linda you can also rent an iridiumphone.
If you do not want to make the investment./ Harry
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Old 21-09-2009, 13:08   #19
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Hi Linda, My name is Crystal, I am also a newbie to Sailing and an internet junkie. My husband and I have rented out the house, sold most of our belongings and are taking the plunge. We are currently under contract on a Victory 35 Cat and hope to be in the Bahamas by Nov. He has put me in charge of researching communications and I have found some great information on e-mail using SSB on this website: Good Luck and maybe well meet out there this winter.
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Hi Linda,
Welcome to the site and good luck with the new plans.
Re SSB email v Irridium. Honest - done both with new sets. Forget SSB - too flakey and time and power consuming. Explore Irridium for those few times you've not got wifi / regular phone cover.
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Old 23-09-2009, 09:51   #21
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Based on my experience - Inmarsat (expensive), Iridium (less so, but slower), SkyMate (even more limited, but probably cheapest), NOT SSB.

I know SSB is still required by some authorities (NZ, Spain, etc) for offshore registration of your ship. But I would go the SSB way only if the transceiver / modem were already in place. For all new builds / fit-out I would skip the SSB as a relic.

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Old 23-09-2009, 10:39   #22
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I just have to throw in my advice. We are in the process of buying a Hunter 45 and we share the same dream of sailing away. We read everything and anything we can get our hands on. Our children (his 4, my 3) are not concerned about where we will be or contacting parents on the other hand will expect us to keep in touch.

We hope to be living aboard by Christmas :-) Oh, I guess I should throw in that we have no sailing experience LOL. The marina has a sailing we will be signed up really soon. There are just some things you cant learn from a book.

Enjoy every second and keep us posted

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Old 23-09-2009, 17:00   #23
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buying a Hunter 45 Jeniffer
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Folks who just left here have a Hunter 43. Very nice
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Old 24-09-2009, 10:44   #24
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Hi Linda - we are in the same situation as you guys. We have our boat, a Prout Snowgoose, and plan to be in the Bahamas this winter. Our boat has SSB which we use for simple email etc. but we intend to buy a Sat Phone for emergencies, like you we have parents who are not well & worried families (if I hear one more question about pirates!!) Have you looked at SPOT for simple updates/position reporting?
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What an exciting time for you guys! Even if you don't iron out all of the problems, you can still go. But this is a great place to begin learning. Congrats!
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Aloha and Welcome aboard!
Good to have you posting here and asking about such communication. Many opinions are out there. If you have the money you can be in touch every second. I go to sea to get away from communication so can't be of any help to you.

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