|The following review was written by the editorial department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
Inmarsat has rolled out its new FleetBroadband 150 (FB150) mobile marine Iridium satellite communication system. The FB150 is a compact, onboard Iridium system designed specifically for small boats. It allows users to stay connected at sea with reliable, clear onboard broadband phone, internet, SMS (text-messaging) and e-mail service. The FB150 connects to any standard PC and offers landline-quality voice service and simultaneous connection to the internet at 150 kilobits per second. The above-deck unit is compact enough to install on a stern rail, T-top or flybridge. The satellite dome of the Sailor 150 measures just 12 inches in diameter by 10 inches high and weighs 5 pounds, while the Skipper 150 is slightly smaller. Both units are available for roughly $5,000 from Delta Wave Communications, which also provides the broadband service packages at additional cost. For more information, visit www.inmarsat.com and