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
. 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