Heather Brewer and Paul Bultema hadn’t spent much time thinking about the idea of working on board until the pandemic sent them both home from their tech-industry jobs. After a short trial, they decided to go all in.
“People can make all kinds of statements or be naysayers, but you just have to be committed that this can work,” Brewer says. “And it did work.”
Nordhavn 42, GratitudeThe team wanted to be capable of having two simultaneous video streams, no matter where they are in the globe, so the copied the setup a chief scientist from Amazon used while circumnavigating. It was based on KVH’s VSAT equipment, and the hardware cost about $30,000. The team also used Wi-Fi hotspots and a cell system depending on where they were located. “On average, over the next two years, we spent about $3,500 on average per month while working full-time from the boat,” Bultema says.
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