We’re big fans of Starlink for high speed internet access, but simply comparing download speeds is not the full picture. Read below to find out more.
“If we were to ditch into the life raft, we wouldn’t take the Starlink, we’d take the GO! exec.”
Professional Delivery Skipper Volvo Ocean Race Veteran
“I won’t go to sea without a communication device that works in a ‘dead ship’ state... I will always have an Iridium GO! exec onboard period.”
Head of Down Under Rally
“GO! exec provides redundancy should Starlink not be available for any reason and the ability to maintain communications should we need to abandon the vessel.”
Jody and Randy Fraser
“Stellar support staff that keeps us happy and confidence in the products. Super responsive, five stars all around!”
Starlink is the best solution for sailors wanting high speed internet on their boat. Starlink is the largest satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet capable of supporting video streaming, video calls and more.
PredictWind has no affiliation with Starlink, but we are impressed by the technology that supports our main goal to deliver accurate weather data to anyone in the world.
PredictWind is a reseller of the Iridium GO! exec, which we believe is complementary to the Starlink service. Both Starlink and the GO! exec have full integration with PredictWind.
In the event of an emergency, activate the SOS button and take the unit with you in the liferaft. The IP65 rating means it can survive in the harshest marine environments.
The GO! exec is ideally suited for yachts with less than 5% of the power usage of Starlink, and true 100% global coverage, to keep you safe and connected, anywhere in the world.
Make voice calls directly from the unit with no apps required, and the backup battery will keep you powered up with 24 hrs standby or 6 hrs talk/data time.
In a dead ship event such as a lightning strike, where the boat’s batteries are out of action, or a life-raft evacuation, Starlink will be of no use. The GO! exec’s backup battery could literally be a life-saver with 24 hours of standby or 6 hours of talk/data time. The SOS button is an extra safety feature for added peace of mind.
Starlink’s power consumption makes it unsuitable for 24/7 use on most boats.
The GO! exec 5MB plan provides enough data to keep services like GPS tracking, AI Polars, and the PredictWind Anchor App connected 24/7 without any overages. This gives you the flexibility to only turn on your Starlink when you need high speed internet.
The Datahub is required for PredictWind GPS Tracking.
The GO! exec has an IP65 waterproof rating, while the Starlink routers have no waterproof rating, and the standard antennae has an IP54 rating, which is a source of potential failure in storms.
Starlink does not work in heavy rain due to the K band frequency degradation in these conditions, where as the GO! exec’s L band frequency performs in any conditions.
In the event of a life-raft evacuation or medical emergency, make voice calls directly into the unit with no additional apps or devices requires. Be assured emergency services are aware of your situation and stay in contact until help arrives.