You can do full internet access through a satellite phone. I used to set them up for reporters going abroad, and they were able to FTP photos back to us... so full internet access is available via satellite phone.
For coastal cruising, at least in the USA, the cellular option might be workable.
If you are going offshore the only option for internet is satellite gyro like KVH which runs about $5k to install and at LEAST $1k per month in access fees.
You can do TEXT only e-mail through a sat phone or SSB
ALL harbors have wireless access or internet cafes.
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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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