Staying Connected is a Priority

Funny thing … one of our daughters recently said that our blog is boring! Well, we agree, but in our defense, there hasn’t been a lot to post about during the winter months. But we’re moving aboard in three weeks, and ‘casting off’ in five weeks, so there’s soon going to be a lot more of our adventure to share.

In the meantime, one of the questions I often get is, how will I work? Which means, how will we stay connected to the internet? This has been one of my main projects to figure out over the winter and we now have that problem solved – hopefully!

While most marinas provide Wi-Fi, the service can be sketchy, and when Stephanie and I are traveling between marinas, we still need to stay connected. So, after a lot of research, we’ve installed a cell phone antenna high on the radar arch. This antenna has a built-in signal booster and is connected to a cool little device in the salon called the Jet Pack. The Jet Pack (made by Verizon) essentially acts as wireless router and we can connect multiple devices throughout the boat.

Since our plan is to never be more than a couple miles from land, I believe we’ll always be able to ‘catch’ a cell tower signal and therefore we’ll always have both cell phone service and Wi-Fi. At least that’s the plan.

We’re also starting to decorate our Floating Home. The dark oriental rug and rust colored ottomans have been replaced with fun summer beachy colors! We also hung up our latest family portrait, taken just before we sold the house, so we always have our family with us wherever we happen to be.

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