Originally Posted by Zanshin
I've gathered that using SSB and a mail system will work, but not all the time. Sometimes I really do need a guaranteed method of quick communication, and I guess I'll have to swallow the price of an Iridium phone.
Then it's two grand plus a recurring fee for ease of communication and safety. That puts the phone in the same category as the EPIRB, I suppose. If you REALLY are running a business remotely, can you not expense the satphone?
I would still use SSB/Pactor as the main means and just accept that you may not be "contactable by the office" while at sea. Just because it's technologically feasible via the application of money does not make it desirable in the context of passagemaking. You might as well just coast a mile offshore and use your cellphone if you're that indispensible. In other words, maybe this is less a discussion about fabulous means to stay connected, and more a discussion about "when are you actually leaving?"
I mention this in the context of a client who is spending more and more time out of Canada and down in Mexico, and tries to run his 20 person consultancy via Blackberry. He is more or less achieving a balance, but he is having to cede authority and the "hands-on" aspect to his managers, because it is simply too stupid to have him micro-manage the place via e-mails. Again, just because you can doesn't mean you should.
By the way, the "fail the Turing test" cracked me up. It's a pretty rarefied joke for my morning coffee, but I got it, nonetheless.