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Internet on the Open Sea
The way I get Internet connectivity on the open sea is by Iridium sat phone with data kit and Ocens e-mail software. The Sat Phone will set you back a $1000 or so, the air-time is about a buck a minute and the baud is 9 KBPS (that's right nine! slower than a bad dial-up) so don't plan on browsing. The Ocens e-mail software using compression bundles up you e-mails on both ends, automates the connection process through your sat phone minimizing the time on line...sometimes down to 30 seconds to receive and transmit e-mails.
Ocens also offers a weather service which is equally efficient at bringing down various preselected weather maps and for my money (and life) beats the heck out of trying to get faxes off of SSB. Iridium works everywhere and all the time. Not so with SSB.