FLIBS 2013, over the top

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Norman says:

    Just a silly question from someone who never may have such big boats: the satellite antennas, we always see them by pairs, on those pictures.
    Does one serve for internet and the other for TV?
    Or are they just being used for each side, port and star, because they’re blinded by the other antenna thingies inbetween?
    Not that I would really need to know the answer (not that I really would have to wonder that myself, were I to own such things), but still, I always wondered…

  2. ValkyrieYachts says:

    Hi Norman,
    Domes are usually for either Sat TV or Sat Communications. Sometimes a “dummy” dome is used with an operational dome to visually “balance” the vessel.
    There could be other uses, but these are the most common.

  3. Quitsa says:

    On the one and only megayacht with which I have any familiarity (a friend is the professional captain), there are two domes because there are two complete satcom systems in order to have a backup. If you were a Russian oligarch, would you want to miss a call from Vladimir Putin offering “a deal you can’t refuse”?

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m told that there are a lot of dummy domes out there, either for aesthetics or ego enhancement, but some vessels have dual sat tv and/or sat comms domes so that they never get in a situation where another dome or mast is blocking the signal. I suspect that the domes on the other (right hand) vessel are set wide apart because one is TV and the other V-Sat and they were trying to avoid such blockage (though it looks a little strange I think).
    It’s fairly common to have an Inmarsat FleetBroadband system for anywhere Internet and also a V-Sat for faster speeds and lower costs where it’s available. But Inmarsat didn’t like how V-Sat companies were using them for backup and made their service prices less flexible.
    I’m not sure what’s happening on Remember When but at least that aft dome has a banner on it indicating that at least one Internet choice the boat has is Linkscape: http://www.linkscape.net/main/
    I hope you all followed the links to Remember When and owner John Rosatti because that whole scene is over the top with gusto! I did further research and was pleased to learn that Rosatti had a 4th or July party onboard with the stars of Sopranos
    In fact, the yacht may be named after the 80th episode of the Sopranos:

  5. Norman says:

    Wow… dummy domes… I would never have guessed that.
    I guess it’s even crazier than full-fledge dual SAT (which makes real sense), but not in a good way at all.

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