Do sails obstruct the signal of Starlink, or is it just things that have water in them like leaves and trees that absorb signal? (asking so that I can get the positioning right – I could mount the dish on roof of my cuddy, where there is lots of room, but where my mainsail will more often be in the line-of-sight to the sky; or on a stern beam, where there is less room but less of the line of sight is taken up by the main).
Do sails obstruct the Starlink signal?
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Booms, masts etc seem to have no effect as Starlink uses an array. We have found it to work exceptionally with no breaks in signal at all using it all day long from Trinidad to now in the grenadines including offshore. Not a single drop. We also converted ours to run off the 12 volt which has also worked flawlessly. We work from our boat and this has been perfect.
Hi, I hope you don’t plan to rely on starlink for offshore security, because it’s not guaranteed at all. Starlink is great on an anchorage or when coastal cruising, but I suggest keeping another option (inreach, zoleo, bivy, irridium) for offshore sailing and security.
I had the standard dish (and sold it), and will wait for the future smaller dish to jump again.
As for the position, I wouldn’t put the dish under your main, but on one of the hulls. (Mine wasn’t permanently fixed, I was storing it when sailing)