Originally Posted by Tsalta
Thanks so much for your responses. I absolutely appreciate it as it gives me hope I am not just dreaming!
I will be adding business managers and changing the dev team structure to get me off the dev cycle. I donít even want to have to do code review so I should be able to work quite effectively with two monitors and a laptop.
Internet is the crux. The east coast of Australia
is pretty sparsely populated so I expect large areas on no coverage. Any Aussies here care to comment on the internet available between Sydney
and Horn Island please?
Iím going to do a test week on a 40ft mono shortly and spend a week in Moreton bay with just my mobile phone, laptop, wife and a fishing
rod....if I manage to still have a business at the end of the week, Iíll consider it success!
Thanks again for your replies.
I set up my office in the boat for about three months having a COVID break. I used a notebook PC connected to a 15.6" usb powered monitor
for dual screen
setup for dev work. Not as nice as the big screens back in the land based office, but you get used to it. My notebook is very power hungry, but the combination didn't stress the house power supply on my teeny boat too much. I have a setup at the nav station with fixed monitor
, but found setting up camp in the salon
was the more comfortable option using a portable monitor for the second display. In limited space, I preferred to use a trackball instead of mouse. Again, takes a little getting used to but not too bad. In fact an upside now I'm back in my office is I now use my notebook with a 20" monitor as the second screen
for everyday work and have semi-retired the work station and 24" monitors.
For internet I use a basic NetGear 4G aircard, which is more than adequate for receiving the Internet when close to civilisation. When the signal got patchy, I hauled it to the top of the spreaders in a waterproof bag to improve reception
. The Aircard is integrated into the boat's network so I get Internet and boat instrumentation and nav computers
all on the same wire(less) which can have different 4G sources patched into it for Internet access so it is possible to swap and change between the Aircard's Optus SIM and a tethered phone with a Telstra SIM. All in all, works quite well unless you get into the true wild but then again you're on a cruising boat so you have a day off. Here's a good site for figuring out your chances of reception https://www.gsma.com/coverage/
Hardest bit is maintaining the enthusiasm to work when blue sky, fair winds and a beckoning horizon awaits just outside. You might also want to factor in an air conditioner for the warmer months as coding and sweating do not mix!