Visit for marine success

It’s a beautiful, sunny day and the temperature is just perfect. You’ve been lucky in life; you’ve done well. You may not be as rich as a Silicon Valley billionaire but you have a small cabin cruiser and this is a perfect day to go out on the water. You want everything to go perfectly.

Don’t let your electronics ruin your buzz

One of the worst things that can happen on a marine trip, short of total disaster, is a failure of something electronic. You may pride yourself on being able to get home using nothing but a compass but it’s always safer and easier to use the tools available to you. You put that radio on the boat for a reason. Same with the various transducers and sensors. Everything on your boat should serve you and your goal of an enjoyable day at sea. Electronic catastrophes aren’t as bad as weather ones but that doesn’t mean you want them.

Get outfitted with the best

You probably know that has the best quality home theater gear but you might now be aware, there are also thousands of high-quality marine parts. Start here and look at the amazing array of instruments, sensors, and cables available to you.  If it has to do with radio, signals, or anything electronic, it’s available at Solid Signal and you can order direct without that marine dealer markup. That means you’ll find exactly what you need and you know it’s the best quality.

Once you’re done with the essentials…

Time spent on the water is great, but this is the 21st century. None of us likes to be disconnected. The great news is that you don’t have to be. You can get the best entertainment and information available, the same selection as if you were on the water. It just takes a few more steps.

Over-the-air television

Broadcast television works great on the water as long as you’re fewer than about 50 miles from the broadcast towers. In major cities they’re usually right on the water so you get really clear line of sight. While almost any antenna would work, an antenna like the Televes DigiNova is clad in white plastic to match your other antennas and it’s both compact and powerful. While it’s not marine rated explicitly, it’s a very good economical choice. Over-the-air television is free and available 24 hours a day, well into international waters in many cases.

Satellite TV

It’s a more expensive option, but you can usually get the same satellite TV options you have at home while on the water. Depending on the area you can be well offshore and still be enjoying the pleasures of TV entertainment. This option is really designed for larger vessels; a motorboat just wouldn’t have a place to mount a dish that’s a bit shy of 2 feet wide. There are a lot of options available and the best way to learn about all of them is calling Signal Connect, our commercial and marine arm, at 888-233-7563.

Cellular signal

Of course you want to use your phone while you’re on the water. Unfortunately most cell service begins to peter out when you’re as little as 1.5 miles offshore. That’s why it’s not a dependable alternative to a marine radio. There are options for using your phone aboard ship, though. You can put in a marine-rated cellular signal booster from Shakespeare, for example. This system will give you a much stronger signal much further from the towers. It depends a lot on many factors, but it’s not impossible to get great cellular phone and internet five miles from shore, with enough signal strength to settle in for a night of Netflix if you decide to chill.

One way to get the best

You’ll get the best products by shopping at, but if you need help, it’s just a phone call away at 888-233-7563 where our 100% US-based staff will help you find just the right product for you! Don’t guess, leave it to the experts!

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.