Starlink Maritime is being put to the test by the Motor Yacht Loon 2

Starlink Maritime deployed on the most Instagrammed superyacht

Starlink Maritime has been deployed on the world’s most Instagrammed superyacht, Loon motor yacht. dive has an Instagram following of nearly 62,000 followers at the time of this article. I spoke with Loons captain, Paul Clarke and he shared his experience with Starlink Maritime with Teslarati.

In March, dive began accepting charter fees in bitcoin, which coincided with the yacht’s first visit to Europe. After reading a recent article on Teslarati, Paul reached out to share his thoughts on Starlink Maritime.

During our phone call, Paul told me a bit about the cost of Loon, upgrading to Starlink, and the quality of internet speeds compared to Viasat.

“We have a superyacht, a $30 million, 180ft superyacht. We switched to Starlink the day it became available for maritime configuration,” he told me.

Credit: Motor Yacht Loon

Speeds, he said, are consistently between 150 and 200 Mbps and he only pays $5,000 a month, which is much cheaper than his old internet service provider.

“We used to have Viasat which we considered good with speeds of around 40-80Mbs for $10,000 a month and around $50,000 in equipment.”

Since switching to Starlink, Paul has saved a lot of money and got more speed than before.

“Starlink is still in its infancy and it will only get better.”

dive was one of the first ships to deploy Starlink Maritime that he knew of, Paul told me. The yacht was in service for at least six weeks and crossing the Atlantic Ocean put Starlink to the test.

“With the boat crossing the Atlantic, it was a good test to see if it was going to work and it doesn’t. But I contacted Starlink support and they said probably by November they plan to activate it in Q4.

dive spent the summer in the Mediterranean and plans to spend the winter in the Caribbean. Paul plans to test Starlink over the Atlantic when dive back to the Mediterranean.

Credit: Motor Yacht Loon

“We are now on our way to Florida and plan to spend the next four to six weeks in Florida doing the annual maintenance of the boat. And then we’ll head to the Caribbean. It will also be a good test for this region before returning to the Mediterranean probably in May next year.

I asked Paul if he had any comments he would like to share and he told me he thought Starlink Maritime was awesome.

“I think it’s great. Honestly, we’re very happy with it at first and I think it’s a complete game-changer. The fact that we can stream multiple streams in high definition where before we would struggle with one or two streams.Each TV on the boat can be turned on to stream Netflix and live sports with no problem.Certainly highly recommended.”

In July, SpaceX announced Starlink Maritime which is for ocean-going vessels at sea. Ships, boats, merchant ships, yachts, and even oil rigs can benefit from the latest Starlink product. Royal Caribbean recently announced that it is rolling out Starlink, however, we don’t have to wait for Royal Caribbean to give us an opinion on Starlink Maritime.

The famous Staniel Cay plane wreck near Compass Cay Island, Exumas, Bahamas Credit: Motor Yacht Loon

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Starlink Maritime deployed on the most Instagrammed superyacht

Starlink Maritime deployed on the most Instagrammed superyacht

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