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Internet service on the open seas is either very bad or very expensive. Satellite phones give you some internet service, but a fairly high cost. SSB can be used for weatherfax and basic e-mail, but not much else. A gyro-stabilized B-term satellite antenna setup can give you fairly high-speed internet access...but it is very expensive in terms of power, cost per megabyte and cost of installation.
Before I would give any laptop recommendation, I'd generally ask a person for more information about what they are going to be using the laptop for, what their budget is, as lighter, more compact laptops are often more expensive than heavier, larger models, and whether they want a Windows-based PC or a could use a Mac laptop as a possibility.
Other questions I'd want answered are whether you'll be using it in the cockpit, or just in the cabin, or just ashore. This has a lot to do with how a durable unit, and how well sealed the unit should be.
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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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