Hmmmm. I got an odd little notice when I logged on: "Hello KaptainKen it appears that you have not posted on our forums
in several weeks..." which invited me to post something ... anything.
So, here goes: Is there now or should there be a Wi-Fi directory related to cruisers? Is there one on this forum that I have overlooked?
It seems like more and more areas are becoming Wi-Fi enabled. Some are available at marinas
(free or for a fee) and some are accessible even from anchorages
or public docks. All other things being equal, a directory listing wireless internet
availability could make the difference between choosing one transient marina over another (for a layover when cruising), or anchoring
at a particular place instead pressing on to the next. It would give a computer equipped cruiser a chance to answer e-mails, pay bills, up date blogs, etc.
Many public libraries have internet
access, but many have restrictive time limits for non-residents. For example, ten minutes in Block Island, Rhode Island
and that's at a "stand-up" terminal.
If any of the 3000 plus Cruisers Forum members here know of Wi-Fi enabled marinas
, docks or anchorages
post them on this thread. Include fees
(if any), range, reliability
and whatever comments you might think useful for fellow cruisers. Personal experience would be better than "Someone told me they got a wireless connection near ...."
If this is a good idea and lots of posts are made, I'll consolidate them and post a directory organized in some way or another from time to time. That is, I'll do it unless someone else volunteers or the administrators here have a better way of organizing this.
Oriential, North Carolina
: Free Wi-Fi connection at "The Bean" coffee shop at the head
of the harbor. Range extends to include the free public dock
also at the head
of the harbor and directly across the street.
Midway Marina, Coinjock, North Carolina
: Free wireless internet with dockage.
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard
: The Public Library has terminals available free for non-residents for a limited time period, however a free wireless connection can be made within a few feet of the front entrance even while the library is closed. "Sit on the stairs and hook up!'