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11-29-2006 06:47 AM
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.
11-20-2006 08:38 AM
ebs001 Another product you may want to look into is Skymate. It allows you to send and receive emails and get various types of weather information. It has pretty much worldwide coverage using lowlevel orbiting satellites. You can get more info at
11-20-2006 04:54 AM
Zanshin Try taking a look at Atlantic Rally for Cruisers for detailed information.
11-19-2006 09:15 PM
guillermoruiz Do you know if there is a more safe way to cross the atlantic than to cross solo or with a small crew ? Do exist flotilla or group of yatchs that share the resources to be more safe ? so if you have a problem , somebody can help you ?? Do you have a recomendation ..?
Thank you for your answers..
11-18-2006 10:54 PM
Originally Posted by guillermoruiz
I want to rent a sailboat , 40 ft , to cross the atlantic , route bermuda , azores gibraltar , June and July.. is there a company that makes this ???
I doubt that you'll find a company that is willing to charter you a boat for a voyage of that scope.
11-18-2006 07:48 PM
camaraderie Reyes...check out for satellite internet service. Check out for latest Panama fees and some good articles on preparation and procedures and contacts. month to cross for Europe is May. That's when the Return ARC leaves the islands for Bermuda to Europe.

Guillermo...forget about it!
11-18-2006 07:30 PM
guillermoruiz I want to rent a sailboat , 40 ft , to cross the atlantic , route bermuda , azores gibraltar , June and July.. is there a company that makes this ???
07-28-2001 04:12 PM
Atlantic crossing/internet

in what kind oif boat are you making
the transit.
the bond is if you damage something in the transit
07-28-2001 04:01 PM
Atlantic crossing/internet

Comsat ? thanks. We are outfitting our boat. First time Atlantic crossing. We researched the global cell phones and the internet access. Found the phone but couldn''t find the internet stuff. So thanks. I will search Comsat.
07-28-2001 03:59 PM
Atlantic crossing/internet

Thank you Kimberlite,
What is the bond for ? if you pay $600 cash ? Do you know how long it takes ?
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