Hi there, I use two of the KVH V7 systems on my commercial
boat. This is a 170' trawler
, operating in the Bering sea. We get tossed around big-time, and the system maintains connection in the worst storms.
We have the bigger system, the V3 antenna's probably not as good, but I don't think that you'll be spending that much time online when the weather's crappy enough to impact the antenna
Each of our systems are on the 'unlimited' plan. We are using F0 for the crew wifi
, and I have a system on F2 for the bridge/officers.
Pricing is $1000 per month for the F0, and I belive $2500/mo for the F2.
The 'unlimited' is handled by throttling, KVH calls it bandwidth management. It runs on a rolling 2 hour clock, with the full advertised speed when not in BM, and then it's slashed by about half. Still, if you're the only user, even when the F0 is in BM, it still provides serviceable internet
if you opt for a metered connection, you have to be VERY careful to set up a firewall. Automatic updates of any kind will kill your data plan in short order. Like, a couple of hours.
Here on the sailboat, we have a Fleet Broadband 150. This is run through a redport optimizer, which only allows traffic that you specifically ask for to pass. This is coupled with GMN's 'x web', which will strip out graphics, or re-size them as you specify. I don't think that FBB's a good deal at all now that they've ditched the prepaid SIM cards. We are fortunately grandfathered, so we're paying $8/mb for data for as long as they honor the prepaid sim cards.
Anyway, bottom line for me is that I would probably recommend to you that if you really need reliable internet offshore
, and you intend to be away from shorebased internet for long periods, you will probably wind
up better served by going with the F0 plan. You'll get a hell of a lot more data than you will on a metered connection.
If it's in the budget
and necessary, anyway.
I don't know about terms for leasing. We bought our V7's outright. Unlimited on a lease
might be upwards of $1500/mo.
I'll check back from time to time if you would like more detail.
Edit: I agree with Robert above that the iridium pilot is worth looking at too. Once our FBB fails, or we lose our prepaid program, that will be our likely choice for our personal boat, unless something better is out by then.