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Does anyone work on the Internet while sailing?

Hi...I cannot retire right now and probably never will be able to...I accept that...I would like to know if it is possible to be a cruiser and take care of a web business at the same time? Does anyone do this? I am so new at this lifestyle....
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I would like to know if it is possible to be a cruiser and take care of a web business at the same time?
Quite a few do, but mostly while in port otherwise it can get expensive.

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Check out the Jan 2012 issue of Cruising World, page 53. The article is titled At Home and at Work, Afloat. Some guy in advertising describes how he conducts business while cruising.
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Thank you Slayer I will definitely check it out...and yes..I think we will go from port to port anyway...how does a person do Internet out on the ocean? Satellite?
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The Mods here probably do... but I dont know if you would call it work...

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I was able to telecommute during our 3 month cruise in 2010. I know several people with this goal.

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interesting thread i have never


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Thank you Slayer I will definitely check it out...and yes..I think we will go from port to port anyway...how does a person do Internet out on the ocean? Satellite?
You can access email through satellite, SSB, Ham (no business permitted), but web surfing is out the question - way too slow.

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H'girl,

This is a question in which many of us are very, very interested as it is the key to being able to "afford" a 'sailing life'. Obviously, that means different things to different people. To me, it is the ability to work from my boat no matter where it is anchored (but not while at sea). I have researched the topic and have found the same thing everyone else has found and reported. That is: predictable, reliable, affordable broadband Internet access is not available 'everywhere'. For me, "everywhere" is the east coast of the US and the entire Carribean. "Affordable" is less than $250 per month (unlimited data and at least 256k speed).

I think most of us find it hard to believe that reasonable quality satelite Internet (256k-ish) is not available at a reasonable price but it isn't. There are options but they all add up to thousands of dollars per month for what most of us would consider "typical" data volume. None of us want to believe that so we go off and do our own research (and eventually come to the same conclusion).

I've talked to quite a few cruisers that report Wifi is available in many anchorages but certainly not ALL (within the geographic area listed above) and it is not always reliable or 'fast'.

The options that that seem to exist right now and the approach that I am planning for is (in order of preference):
  • Open Wifi.
  • Purchase Wifi Access.
  • Mobile Broadband here in the US (3G/4G).
  • Obtain a local cellular data card/plan (outside the US).
  • Internet cafe.
  • Sailmail (text email via SSB).

I have the Wirie for longer range Wifi.

The plan is to use the local radio net for info on Wifi, hope for the best, and move to the next anchorage if necessary. I know, this is not a great plan for conducting business. I should note that I have no first hand experience with any of this (outside the US).

Obviously, the "needs" and resources of each person vary so it is hard to speak in absolutes on topics such as this.

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How much money do you plan on making? Only asking as it defines the relative "expensiveness" of service. link to a relative article.... 22 bucks per mb if the pricing is still timely... pretty rich for blogging and most telecommuting, but if you are trading with the bankroll of the shah of iran maybe cheap....
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