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Stateroom Offices Keep Guests Wired At Sea

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When I was young, my parents would go on cruises.  They told us to call an Aunt if we needed anything.  Cellphones had yet to hit the marketplace.  Mom and Dad knew it was to reach them while they were at sea. 


Sometimes, the folks would opt for a long weekend on a New England yacht charter, but never for more than 3 or 4 nights. Dad’s excuse was the same as many  potential charter clients over the years.  He would say, “I can’t be out of contact with my office for more than a day or two.”



With the advent of satellite networks and ultra-modern electronics, being unavailable by phone or email is next to impossible.  Now, charterers can enjoy all of the amenities and luxuries of a yachting getaway, yet easily remain in touch with work and family.  In fact, many yachts have better communication and office facilities than most homes.

“We see many of our clients plan some time each day to keep in touch with their businesses,” says international charter maven, Jana Sheeder  President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.


“Whether anchored off Capri during a Mediterranean yacht charter or cruising up the Amazon, satellite communication systems allow clients to pick up an onboard phone and contact their offices back home in seconds.  Coupled with well-appointed ensuite stateroom office space, our clients may be on a luxury vacation, but their yacht is well-equipped for conducting business and long-distance communications.”
Photograph of an office on a superyacht. The room opens out to the ocean. It has a balcony over the water. The desk is in the center of the room. It is black with tan drawers, and there is a table lamp on the desk. The desk is facing the right side of the photograph. There is a chair facing the desk. Behind the chair, at the right side of the photograph, is the balcony, open over the water.

Office on a Superyacht


The satellite link, known as “satcom,” gives charterers complete access to the Internet and email, enabling them to check their online investment portfolios, review contracts and business plans, and send notes to family and friends at home.Vessels such as luxury motor yachts SYCARA V and MARY JEAN II feature dedicated offices located in the master stateroom, complete with printer, fax, Skype, and full computer connectivity.  Other yachts tuck a small workspace desk into a corner of the main salon or skylounge.  Either way, even though you’re hard at work, you still have a wonderful view.  


Onboard Wi-fi on most yachts means guests are not restricted to only working indoors.  Full computer and Internet access from a laptop allows you to stay wired from anywhere onboard – perhaps from a sunpad next to the ondeck hot tub, a plush couch in the skylounge, or even in the galley, while watching your chef prepare a gourmet lunch.Customers used to spotty cellphone coverage at home often marvel at the clear reception made possible on yachts by state-of-the-art GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) systems.


GSM service allows you to make private calls without having to rely on a fixed phone in a public area of the yacht, and it also gives you access to your mobile phone address book.

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