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Cruising With Starlink Reports

We have received some favourable reports from Members about using Starlink while cruising.

First on a tip we already published.

And recently two more:

Three weeks ago I installed a Starlink antenna on BJoyce.

Contrary to some skeptics this thing works GREAT! Hasn’t buffered once and fast. No limit on devices or anything else.

The RV version with antenna mounted in a rod holder, no set up just “plug and play”.

It was rough coming down the coast in the wake of Nicole. We monitored buoys and streamed the premier of Yellowstone in 8-10’ following seas (off watch of course).

Even VOI worked flawlessly. I think if I read the fine print which is hard to find I’m not supposed to use “in motion” or on a boat but like I said it hard to find. $135/ mo and you can suspend anytime for free.

Our friend of many years Bob on BJoyce a Nordhavn Trawler

And here’s a paper written by AAC member André, that he kindly sent us, that you may find useful:

So far it seems that the biggest challenges with Starlink are the amount of power it gobbles and reception area restrictions.

And of course it does not work offshore, so you will still likely want Iridium—more on that option.

None of this constitutes an endorsement or recommendation of Starlink by me, or AAC, just some information you may find useful as you do your own research.

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