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Unless you have essentially an unlimited budget and a boat large enough to have very reliable electrical power and a very large battery bank, using satellite-based internet is not a great idea.

The satellite-based internet connections require a gyro-stabilized antenna to work properly. On a small sailboat....and small means anything up to 100' or so...the power draw of the gyro-stabilized dish is a bit much for most.

Also, all of the satellite internet plans I know of charge PER MEGABYTE OF DATA. This means that using it for anything other than just the occasional check of e-mail and downloading GRIB files can get very expensive rather quickly.

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Originally Posted by bellefonte View Post
These suggestions seem to be all about connecting to a land based internet service of some sort.

What about satellite services so that you could ping it from the middle of the
pacific ocean?

Anyone?

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