Originally Posted by TravelingAgain
When a boat has radio-based access, does it tend to cost per byte sent or be a blanket fee the owner is paying?
Welcome to Cruiserlog!
Here's some vague but hopefully useful information:
There are a couple of different HF radio services available that cruisers commonly use for email. One is for licensed amateur radio operators ("HAM") and it is free and the other is a commercial service used by sailors. The first is absolutely free but cannot be used for anything commercial. So, you could not take advantage of it for your business email correspondence. The other one we don't have but as I recall there is a per week limit in minutes on the transmission time the boat is allowed to have. So, you'd be sharing that time with the boat's owner. Also, my hubby says to remind you that you're not going to be able to make attachment files work--they're too big. The connection speed is even slower than dial up speed.
Many cruisers update their blogs or websites with text posted via these radio services. If you have your clients' sites set up for remote and automatic update of content then this is possible. You won't have the bandwidth to upload photos or graphics though. Nor would you be able to see or hear what you've posted until you arrive somewhere with "real" internet access.
If you have some money to use....like....say, what you'd use on your rent in LA....you have more options. Then you could get a sat phone and use it for your business uploads. That would be a reasonable way to achieve what you're trying to do.
If you had your own boat, you would very likely be able to go from port to port and indulge the lifestyle you're imagining. You may consider crewing briefly on various folks boats just to figure out what sort of vessel you'd like to purchase for yourself so that you can make what sounds like a wonderful dream come true. You could purchase a small boat suitable for coastal cruising and spend years simply cruising Mexico's West Coast. Mexico happens to have OK internet access available via their cell phone network. As long as you're anchored near a major roadway or city you'd have access. Some places you'd not have access but you could choose when to go there and how long to stay. I know you said you're interested in other parts of the world--but Mexico is on the way
Realistically, most ads you'll find for cruisers who want to take on crew are for particular passages (primarily sea time) during which you'll be expected to be part of the crew--standing watches, cooking, fixing things, cleaning, and all. Depending on the boat and the passage, you'll either be quite busy with all this or totally bored and able to use a low power, small, notebook computer to do your work. Sometimes crew join a cruising boat for several months and do enjoy in-port as well as passage-making times with the same boat but that set-up seems more rare.
I would think you have some network resources via Marina del Rey from your time with sailors there. You may find a great reference there and get to spend some time on the boat of a friend-of-a-friend.
Here on the West Coast you are more likely to end up doing the Puddle Jump (in the spring to the South Pacific) than making your way into the Caribbean.
Good luck in achieving your goals! You can start by placing an ad on the crew finder here