It really depends on where you're going to be sailing. If you're cruising the United States...get an Air Card or a cellular phone with BlueTooth and a Bluetooth dongle for your laptop. Pay a flat fee...get internet access throughout most of the USA. Speed will vary a bit depending on what carrier and where you're located.
If you're in the Caribbean... use Wifi and get a decent Wifi setup on your boat with a 200 mW PCMCIA card with an external amplified gain antenna.
If you're going to be elsewhere... use an Iridium satellite phone...and pay the per-megabyte data rates...
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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