Unfortunately I am not independently wealthy, nor born to rich parents, and didn't marry a sugar daddy with bundles of cash... which means that while living our funny boat life I remain employed. Generally I work out of the office while we are in California but I have many evening and night calls which make working 'from home' a necessity. When I mention to folks that I work off the boat I get funny reactions, most are amazed I can do it...I guess it seems extreme. It's not hard really, the technology available makes it an easy adjustment.
Personally I have a laptop, a cell phone, a wireless data connection (AT&T Momentum) and the ever important inverter to plug in my laptop when it runs out of juice. The Momentum is a new addition as I previously had a MiFi which would provide up to 5 people with access but only provided 4 hours of connectivity before the battery died and, get this....you couldn't charge it at the same time you used it!?! Last year I managed, this year after multiple drops during key conference calls I decided it had to be replaced with something else...hence the Momentum which is working pretty slick other then it tends to suck my laptop battery life pretty quickly.
For the most part the quality of the connection, both internet and cell has been pretty good. I've only had one person ask what the strange noise was in the background. It was during heavy swell in the harbor and our dock lines were squeaking like mad. Fortunately it was one of my team mates who laughed when I explained the odd sound. I love the fact that I can work a job that doesn't require me to be 'at my desk' or rather that 'my desk' can be anywhere I have a phone and an internet connection. Looking back just a few years and this wasn't an option - I'd be out looking for a starbucks or trying to find someone dumb enough to leave their Wifi unrestricted. Slick tech means that we can live our crazy boat life - the ulitmate work/life integration.
I'm the wife of the captain, a mother of three boys and a PM in the corporate world. This blog is my view of life and activities related to our boat.